Do Or Die Artwork

 

Erin Dolan

Return to Taos


A few years ago, I suffered a brain injury from a car accident. It has taken me a while to put back the pieces of my memory, after recovering from this severe concussion. For about six months, I struggled to carry out the most quotidian activities. Although from the outside you wouldn’t know, I worked very hard to hide my struggle and would go to sleep every day around 4:30-5pm due to the pain, ear ringing and anti-nausea medicine that kept the vomiting at bay. I was not sure how long this would last and how I would come out of it.


Prior to this accident, I had such a strong visual memory recall. Due to this injury, I struggled to comprehend conversations with people around me, I often had to hand write what was being said as someone was talking to me, in order to comprehend. Through this challenging time of distorted senses, it was my art, my painting that helped stimulate my brain and give me back my ability to recall and create visual ideas.


My artwork is created in the studio; however, it originates from my travels and memory. I rely on memory palace techniques to travel back into the details I paint. This injury helped me confirm my “Do or Die” interest in memory and the critical role my senses play in the art making process for me. As I work today, I am humbled by this experience and empathetic to anyone struggling with brain injuries.

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16”x16”x1”

Mixed Media on Wood

$650