Ann Nugent and Dennis Thorncraft
10 December 2020 – 16 March 2021
Brindabella Business Park
Foyer, 23 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport ACT
These works by Dennis Thorncraft and Ann Nugent share an active and restless energy that is expressed through the artists bold mark-making and striking use of strong colour. The works are abstract in nature and use an expressive art-making approach to evoke an emotional response or mood.
The artists are current members of the Tingey Painting with Parkinsons program. Practices promoted through the program provide symptomatic relief from the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as providing social support and connection. Painting sessions begin with a period of meditation and then participants are invited to listen to music and respond intuitively using quality watercolours, crayons and inks on paper. Rather than using deliberate and controlled movements, which are compromised by Parkinson’s, participants respond without thinking to the music, a process through which the unconscious mind can express itself. The vibrant energy conveyed by the resulting works contradicts the feelings of frustration and loss that accompany Parkinson’s Disease.
This exhibition is part of the IGNITE program for artists who identify as disabled, D/deaf, HOH, chronically ill, neurodiverse or who have lived experience of mental health issues.