RELISH | relinquish

APRIL 1ST -MAY 15TH

 

 

 

In RELISH | relinquish, one woman’s experience living with late-stage Alzheimer’s dementia is connected to the work of two women artists who use mixed-media, film and photography to evoke story. This exhibition is a multi-layered, collaborative, and interpretive look at how the language of artmaking resides in and arises from a deep, inner world of imagination and memory.

Mixed-media artist, Karen Fisher and filmmaker/photographer, Gayle Nosal spent two months with Rosie Monnin in the fall of 2021. Rosie painted, danced, and sang in Karen’s studio. She collected leaves and whistled in nearby parks. When friends and family visited Rosie, Karen and Gayle observed and connected to Rosie’s past. Sometimes we sat in silence beside Rosie and gathered ambiguity. Rosie carried with her a green-tinted prism, bunches of leaves, and beaded necklaces that became further windows into her world. Though Rosie’s verbal communications had lessened, her abstract expressions of color, her playful spontaneity, and complex emotionality became powerful invitations for Karen and Gayle to meet Rosie in her world of possibilities.

RELISH | relinquish, at its essence, asserts a new form of consciousness about what it can mean to bring creative care to those living with Alzheimer’s dementia. By offering the viewer an opportunity to learn about the complex and rich experience of someone living with Alzheimer’s dementia, we hope that this exhibition will fuel compassion and promote better support for those living with dementia, their family caregivers and their broader circle of support.

To view the entire RELISH | relinquish CollectionCurator Statement

RELISH | relinquish is a powerful exhibition, focusing our attention on one woman’s life in late-stage Alzheimer’s dementia while exploring the possibilities of creative care. Through diptychs and triptychs of watercolors, mixed-media, photography and the film Rose, we experience Rosie and the friends and family who surround her with care and support. Where language has diminished, we watch as Rosie continues to express herself through gesture, song, dance and painting. What emerges is Rosie’s essence, a layered and complex look at a layered and complex woman and disease. This exhibition questions our very definition of communication, how we can continue to engage and interact with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The artists and gallery invite the viewer into Rosie’s life to understand the possibilities of creative self-expression and to witness art in its purest form.       

 

Gayle Nosal Bio

Since entering the field of documentary filmmaking 2012, Gayle has directed and produced award-wining films about young women refugees in Uganda, a community living off the grid on a wolf refuge in southern Colorado, and a re-entry program for women and men who were previously incarcerated. She co-founded Needle&Frame, a filmmaking and arts collective that builds solidarity, unites communities and inspires courageous action toward positive social transformation. 

Gayle believes in a media landscape that is inclusive, just, and ethical, centering community wisdom and intention to create films and other artforms that educate, entertain, and inspire. Gayle practices collaboration with people and communities featured in her films, and letting stories unfold organically. Her visual style is intimate and textural, incorporating drawings, animation, and other creative art forms. Her passion is making documentaries that illuminate the complex lives of underrepresented people and issues in our world today.  

Before entering filmmaking in 2012, Gayle worked in advertising, sales, writing, and teaching. Gayle has taught at the secondary and university levels and is based in Denver, CO and holds a BA in Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing.

 

Karen Fisher Bio

Karen Fisher is a mixed-media artist working out of her studios in both Colorado and Ohio. Her work incorporates curated papers including vintage magazines, light-sensitive papers, tissue paper, textiles, newspapers and torn street posters from around the world, as well as hand-painted papers, woodblock prints, photo transfers, embroidery, objects found in nature and acrylic paint

 

April 21st, 6:30pm

The University of Dayton Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering through its program a private guided tour and discussion with the artists Karen Fisher and Gayle Nosal. You will view and discuss the artwork exhibited in the gallery, view a short film, and have access to ‘behind-the-scenes’ videos showing how the artwork was created.

In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association will present Effective Communication Strategies which provides insight on how we can continue to engage with those living with dementia through the beginning, middle and late stages of the disease.

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.         

All registration is through the University of Dayton's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.                                                         

  

 

 

April 23rd, 2pm

RELISH | relinquish, at its essence, asserts a new form of consciousness about what it can mean to bring creative care to those living with Alzheimer’s dementia. By offering the viewer an opportunity to learn about the complex and rich experience of someone living with Alzheimer’s dementia, we hope that this exhibition will fuel compassion and promote better support for those living with dementia, their family caregivers and their broader circle of support.

This exhibit is community-engaged art, developed through the perspectives of Rosie herself yet just as importantly, from the interaction and dialogue Karen and Gayle had with Rosie’s community. Rosie’s friends, family, and caregivers all were experts at knowing Rosie and thus, shaping the exhibit directly and indirectly.

This exhibit is a collaboration with people/communities which may not normally engage in the arts and one aim is that the exhibit and the process act to catalyze other events, new ways of connection and thinking about Alzheimer’s and about the power of art. The group is a shared authority on the work at the exhibit.

Two professional artists, one woman and her community have driven the process, and together, have been catalysts for social change. The panel comprises a group that is addressing a particular concern through documentation, art, and art-making. Panelists include professional artists; caregivers to someone with Alzheimer’s; a licensed social worker and professionals with experience in social services. 

Panel

  • Connie Steinke: Former Social Services professional; Rosie’s friend of 61 years; Mother of 5 daughters; watercolor artist
  • Ellen Bourgeois: Wellness Guide; Rosie’s friend of 27 years; Former educator; navigator of autism related social service systems
  • Nan Fischer: Executive and Professional Coach; Former educator and campus minister; Rosie’s life partner of 47 years
  • Shannon Braun: Licensed Social Worker; Social Worker at Bayley Residential Facility; Early Stage Program Coordinator for Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association; Director for Center for Memory Support & Inclusion; Facilitator of Rosie and Nan’s Alzheimer’s support group for 6 years

Please register for this event through Eventbrite. Seating is limited.

To view the entire RELISH | relinquish Collection