VERTIGO ITS ALL IN THE GAME
My dad suffered from vertigo in the later
stages of Alzheimer’s. He tried to explain
how he felt during those bouts. He would
say that he was slipping and swirling. I
wanted to create a piece that would
show what it might feel like for someone
experiencing vertigo. I used a checkerboard
with distorted chess pieces and playing
cards on top of a table that seems
to be tipping and slipping off of the floor.
My dad taught me how to play chess when
I was a kid and it saddened me
to realize that he eventually would not
know how to play or even what each
piece represented. As I worked on this
painting, I started to hum the song,
"Many a tear has to fall, but it’s all in
the game. Soon he’ll be there by your
side, with a sweet bouquet.” My parents
liked to dance to songs like this
one, so the idea of dancing and swirling
also came to mind while creating.
60 X 48"