‘Illuminating the Self’ is an exhibition responding to ground-breaking research at Newcastle University into a new treatment for epilepsy.
The exhibition – featuring work from Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie – explores the human perspective of living with epilepsy as well as neurological processes. Both artists are concerned with the hidden aspects of epilepsy, whether that is revealing the inner workings of the brain or expressing how it feels to have epilepsy. Among the pieces on show will be Carnie’s ‘Stormy Whether’ (pictured) one of a series of kinetic sculptures that are triggered by visitors as they walk through the exhibition. These works are concerned with balance and stability and how that can be interrupted and realigned. One of Aldworth’s most arresting pieces is ‘The Portrait Anatomised’, which consists of three large-scale monotype prints of three people living with epilepsy. Expanding the notion of contemporary portraiture, she utilises the illustrative vocabulary of science in her innovative printmaking process.Illuminating the Self, 17 January-29 February, Vane, First Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim St., Newcastle (open Wed-Sat, 12-5pm). vane.org.uk