Coffin for a saint

Kerfe’s post today reminded me of this watercolor that my father did the year he lived with us after my mom died. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years back; my mom was overcompensating for him but when he moved in I knew that he was demented. We would have poetry and painting sessions. I can’t begin to interpret this painting or say why he titled it as he did. Some of the lines and patterns remind me of the amyloid plaques that form in the Alzheimer’s patient’s brain. There is nothing happy about this painting; maybe he knew something bad was happening.

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4 responses to “Coffin for a saint”

  1. kirkistan says :

    And yet. It is eye-catching.


  2. memadtwo says :

    Yes I agree with kirkistan, it’s quite beautiful. My mother would respond to poetry too, but I don’t think anyone ever tried doing art with her. We used to read to her from the childhood poetry books she had kept; corny stuff mostly, but maybe just the rhythm of the words made some connection. I know there have been studies where music has the same effect.


  3. neil reid says :

    There are things beyond words & understanding. My mother spent years with growing dementia. She loved her garden till even that was beyond her reach. Tough.


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