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I was commissioned to create an original piece of stained glass art for ARTzheimer's 'Light and Shade' exhibition at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght in 2017, where it remained on display for a number of years.​

The ideas behind this piece are nuanced and subtle. You can tell by looking at someone’s eyes whether they are present or not. You can see their experiences and life etched in their expression. The iris contains a lifecycle: family, childhood, love, education, birth and a home. These are the things we lose with Alzheimers. Your memories are your life.

In this piece the light behind the large eye flickers on and off in an incoherent manner, illuminating memories vivid and in focus before suddenly shutting off, breaking that link to their memories. A single piece of mirror sits within the iris, reflecting our faces and emotions while viewing the piece back at us. It reminds us that this could be our story too.


Below is a video by Tony Whelan from Canola Pictures for the exhibition.
Photography By A Little Idea Photography.

ARTzheimers.com from Canola Pictures on Vimeo.


ARTzheimers 2017 - Alison Byrne from Canola Pictures on Vimeo.


Alison Byrne - ARTzheimers 'Eye' from Canola Pictures on Vimeo.

 Opening Night at the Civic Theatre - Light off 

Opening Night at the Civic Theatre - Light on

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