Check out Jody McVeigh's article in the Grosse Pointe News:
Aphasia Bowls While out walking I found a crushed styro-foam object with interesting textures and shapes.
I could not find the most appropriate word to define the object. I knew it was round, made for holding things, and was probably used for eating. After examining the object more closely I thought that the name of the word might start with a 'B' or maybe a 'W'. I wasn't sure what I was looking at but I knew it had a use.
Knowing something is important but not knowing why is an intuitive aspect of making art.
We are trained to ask questions both in what we see in the world and in our own work.
However, several questions were puzzling me:
Why was this specific object this trash from the street, bothering me so much?
Why have I been unable to find the words to describe common objects?
After much time and consideration I figured out that I was
looking at a deconstructed bowl.
I returned to my studio with the object and made a cast of the
front and back. I also created several rolling stamps
of the word 'bowl' and different configurations of the letters
including owlb, wlbo, lbow, and others. Not only was I having
difficulty recognizing and naming the object I was also unsure
on the spelling of the word.
The Aphasia Bowls in this series attempt to answer
Many of my questions about my experience. On the outside
of the bowls the text is grungy and dark as it overlaps the lines
and shapes of the outlined bowl impression.
On the inside of the bowls the text and outlined bowl impressions
are submerged in a flux of glaze.
As a person diagnosed with Amnestic Disorder and
Frontal Lobe Syndrome I confront problems with
remembering. Remembering language has been a struggle
for me. Being perplexed by a simple word like 'bowl'
frightened me. What other words will I struggle with?
Might I lose words completely?