Are you aware of exactly where you are?
What you’re doing?
Where you’re going?
Or even who you are?
These questions are not asked allegorically, nor intended as cause for contemplation into some greater sense of purpose. Quite simply they relate to our perception of ourselves, and the relationship that the efficiency of that perception allows us to have with the world.
Realise that these are questions asked simply of this very moment…
…and imagine what life might be like if you couldn’t find the answers.
In January 2004 Jane Nicol sustained neurotoxic brain damage from a severe adverse reaction to the medication Gabapentin prescribed in hospital after surgery for an accidental injury to her foot.
Everyday since then, she wakes to discover that the Jane she knew is gone.
Everyday since then, with diminished balance and altered sensory perception, she finds herself lost without somatic memory, without the level of cognitive ability she relied on for 53 years.
Everyday since then, she struggles to find her identity, her purpose, her self worth in the midst of uncontrollable physiological symptoms and in the absence of anything that feels familiar, inside or outside of herself.
Everyday since then, she experiences degrees of failure in the face of daily tasks she once took for granted.
One day, she discovered she could paint…