Class of 2023 • Installation

Dearbhla McCormack

Dearbhla McCormack
National College of Art and Design (NCAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


Unknown CallerAlzheimer's is a disease that can bring a range of complicated emotions. For me, the most difficult of these was guilt. As my grandmother's condition deteriorated, I found it increasingly hard to visit her. Eventually, I stopped going altogether. I felt as I neglected my grandmother and was very selfish being only concerned about how I felt.To deal with my guilt, I decided to create something that celebrated my grandmother and her memories. I painted visual representations of her on glass panels, which I then displayed in a telephone box that my father and I built. This unique space provided me with a safe haven where I could "call to her" whenever I needed to.Through this project, I was able to honour her memories before the Alzheimer’s disease. Her life now transcends her own body and will continue to as long as the telephone box stands.
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