ARCHITECTURAL ECHOES Stacey Coughlin

Even the Walls...

"Even the Walls Have Eyes..."

Hand Embellished Commercial Wallpaper

Working with older people with dementia, through failing eyesight and possible cognitive issues with vision, patterns and shapes can take on more imaginative forms.

This piece aims to demonstrate the process of deciphering these shapes into meaningful representations. What may appear to some as flowers and branches, some may see dragons, faces or birds. 

The characters that emerge could take on more sinister overtones; depending on the overall mood of the person. From different angles or lighting, smiles may turn into grimaces or scowls. 

This work was co-created through talking to people with dementia and asking what shapes and forms they saw in the wallpaper patterns, how they made them feel and then marking out the images.