Fading Memories; Emerging Spirit


“Fading Memories; Emerging Spirit”, a series of ballpoint pen drawings that explores the contrasting realities of Alzheimer’s Disease. Colleen shows that while memory deteriorates, the human spirit emerges, unfettered by social constraints.

This subject is intimately personal to the artist, having lost two grandparents, one great-grandmother, and others to Alzheimer’s. Informed by these experiences, Colleen builds up masses of ballpoint pen circles to create patterns of obfuscating shadows and defining lights that confuse and clarify the subject. In time, almost unnoticeably, these lines will slowly bleed together, blurring the distinctions of light and dark just as Alzheimer’s blurs the distinctions of reality.

Colleen Blackard is originally from Austin, TX, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Colleen received a BA from Hampshire College, MA. Colleen’s solo exhibition “For The Universe” opened in 2009 at Hampshire College Gallery, and she has been included in exhibitions at Rush Arts Gallery, Dino Eli Gallery, Times Square, and Contrast at 320 Studios.

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