ROSE is a diaristic piece looking at Alzheimer’s disease, memory, delusions and narrative, telling the story of my Nana, Rose, and her experience with Alzheimer’s disease from an outsider’s perspective. Detailing the visible disorientation, frustration, guilt, and the tender moments where all morals are forgotten and her true being is within reach. 

As the cards are viewed, they are bound to be reorganised and misplaced into a timeline that no longer makes sense, commenting on the disorientation and the way false details or entirely false memories manifest—it’s the feeble attempt to piece together scattered information that was once so easy to place, the visceral feeling of forgetting and an attempt to actualise this reality. 

Karmen Gibson, Rose, 2022, GMUND 100% Cotton prints.


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Karmen Gibson