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Beyond Forgotten by A-L-i-E-Nxx Beyond Forgotten by A-L-i-E-Nxx
I dunno if the genre is right- but here's my Realism body of work c:
UH, it used to have some painted vegetables involved, but it was kinda ditched because it was half-arsed~
I'll just- copy paste my artist description here :

The concept that I’ve tried to convey in this artwork is the mental decay that’s involved with dementia.
The disease is commonly connected to the term of ‘forgetful-ness’ the disease of the mind. What makes it so destructive is not just that they forget to brush their teeth or when to have dinner- but they forget who they love. I have three grandparents who are suffering from dementia, and I’ve watched my parents struggle with dealing with someone who they care for so much; not recall who they are.

The subject I have here is my grandmother.

I have shown this mental distance by having the head canvas floating further away from her body, her past and physical presence not understood in her present state.
Although this is a key aspect of dementia, what I really wanted to show was that in fact, the victim isn’t the only one who forgets. It’s the people who care about them, too.

I know when I was a kid, I used to visit my grandmother once every week; and she’d baby sit me when I was sick. She’d read me stories and play card games. Although I know that she used to be the person she was then, all I can remember of her now is what I see now; unstable, unrecognisable and in an almost child-like state. And I feel guilty, for forgetting who she really is. Because all I see now is a physical existence, but not being completely present anymore; not really being my grandmother anymore.

I demonstrated this by painting her body onto an actual rocking chair. Although her body is visible, the very person who it depicts is no longer 'real'.

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EDIT: Oh gosh, a DD! I'm speechless!
Thank you all so much for your support- and I hope that all of you with personal experiences with the disease have things turn out for the best.
I wish it were under better circumstances, you all have these stories and I'm so sorry for all of you--
I'm always here to talk about it, if you need to c:
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-07-22
Beyond Forgotten by ~A-L-i-E-Nxx

CATEGORY: Community Projects / Awareness / 2011 / Alzheimer Awareness:

The suggester says of this heart-breaking, traditional-art deviation, "I think this is a very special piece and it has an important message to say."

Having lost friends and relatives to Alzheimer's Disease, this deviation is especially meaningful to me. The artist description explains the concept that the body is still there, but the mind is completely gone. ( Suggested by JiNdAwG and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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KirahLykos Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a care giver of Alz/Dem. victims. It is so hard for me to watch them struggle and look so lost day to day. For their children, it's harder for me to watch them get so upset and see their mom or dad look them straight in the face and ask who they are. :cries: All I can do is cry with them and comfort them. It's a very harsh disease and one that I wish we could cure one day. [link] I recieved this as an email from a friend and one quote she added after it: “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.” We are all getting older. Tomorrow may be our turn.
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Ahh, that link! Such a beautiful story--
It really is the love from others that allows you to live on after Dementia hits.
But until then- you should definitely live it up, it could most certainly hit at any time.

I commend your strength in being a carer! I don't think I could manage with that much sorrow on such a constant basis.
Nursing homes and such always have such a terrible vibe for me-- aha.
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KirahLykos Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Some days it's hard to see them struggle and some days they are just to happy to notice. I love my job and everything about it. I used to dislike nursing homes but after working in one there is no other place I would want to work :heart:
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Ahh, well I'm so glad there are people like you who work in them! <33
I feel it's important that at least those who work there actually think and care for their 'patients'
I suppose when they are blissfully ignorant, it feels a lot better.
But the bad days must be a real struggle.
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KirahLykos Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Before working in a nursing home, I had never really thought about. but now, it's really painful to see them struggle with simple tasks like brushing their hair or putting on underwear. I love my job either way and even though they don't really remember things. Ask them about their past and they'll give a really long story and it's always nice to hear how they grew up and how happy they were. :heart:
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
All jobs have their highs and lows I guess~
Some really do grasp onto life, and you can tell when they are so enthusiastic about life in the past C:
I have one grandfather who is completely silent, until he hears some music that he used to listen to- then he just breaks out in song. It almost sends my uncle to tears.
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KirahLykos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww :) I admit, sometimes my job is very hard emotionally on me, but I never get tired of it.
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
I hope I end up finding an occupation where I feel the same c:
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WinterImperfect Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just came across this now. My grandmother had it and this is exactly what it's like. Beautifully captured.
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Ah, thankyou very much.
I'm sorry about your grandmother :c
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WinterImperfect Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you and you're welcome :3
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations on the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Ah, thankyou c:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
My pleasure. You're always very welcome! :hug:
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StellasStar Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
You are a beautiful person, you know that right?
This picture is stunning. I looked at it, and started to cry. The emotion in this piece is beautiful and yet so sad.
My grandmother and I went through the same thing; it was hard to see her not even knowing who I am yet we would
spend every day together- so I understand your pain. :heart:
This piece really speaks. It shows that when they are like that; they are not fully here. Maybe, part of them already left
to another place, and the other part is here because they dont want to leave us.
Ether way, this is beautiful and I needed to let you know! You are a beautiful spirited person, and I thank you for sharing this with us!
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Oh gosh, aha- thankyou :""D
I'm terribly sorry for your loss.
I'm so glad that you really felt connected to this piece; and I like how you phrased that maybe it's because part of them has left, and other parts still want to stay--
Gshh, you're way too kind <3 <33
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"I know when I was a kid, I used to visit my grandmother once every week; and she’d baby sit me when I was sick. She’d read me stories and play card games. Although I know that she used to be the person she was then, all I can remember of her now is what I see now; unstable, unrecognisable and in an almost child-like state. And I feel guilty, for forgetting who she really is. Because all I see now is a physical existence, but not being completely present anymore; not really being my grandmother anymore."

That's exactly how I had felt when my great-grandma died. Thankfully (in an obtuse way) over the years I know remember the better side of her, and less of the sick and failing side. But you expressed that SO perfectly.
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
I'm sorry for your loss :<
Yeah, I feel that when it comes to dementia- it's discussed how much you miss that person.. but I've just felt guilty for not remembering enough?
I don't know, it was more the guilt that affected me.
I'm super glad that I'm not the only one though~
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you are far from the only one dear. <3 And thank you. But I can see where it's hard for you- for me, my gran was sick for only a year or less, so we all forgot during the time, but we remembered her mainly vibrant and loving, not sick and helpless. But, as long as you keep the memories somewhere, and look at them now and again, you won't forget. <33
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
It's the memories that have to fuel you through such a difficult time <3
It's important that you remember, when they forget.
Thanks for your kind replies <33
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime dear. <3
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Cri-Kee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. This is so powerful and so painful I simply have no words. I was very young when that happened to my great grandmother, but I do remember all those steps you say, her being herself and playing with me, and her being physically there but completly gone from her mind to the point that she didn't recognize literally anybody, I don't tink she even realized she was there. It is very sad. I'm so sorry for your situation :hug:
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Mm, it's mind blowing how easily one can forget everything, things that have been built from years and years of learning and collecting memories- just to disappear in a couple of years.
I'm sorry about your great grandmother, and best wishes for you and your family. :<
Thankyou~
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Cri-Kee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug: I hope everything gets better for you and your family somehow :)
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KissTheSunrise Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
This is so charged with emotion it's hard to think of your own loved ones. I feel badly for you, your parents and your grandparents. :heart:
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Aw gosh, thankyou <3
And thanks for the concern~
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JulieSwanSculpture Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
A beautifully composed and expressed work.
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Aha, thankyou ;D
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BeautifulBizarreMag Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
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Congrats your beautiful work has been chosen for this weeks Featured Gallery [link] :heart:
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Aha, thankyou c:
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Wuesd Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
=[ I love this.
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Thanks Haru c:
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HMissXX Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
not only is the concept amazing, but it also shows an amazing sensitivity... I'm fascinated, really! :)
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Gsh, thankyou!
Sensitivity is usually more of a low point of mine than anything :"D
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HMissXX Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
i know what you mean, but if it leads to producing such works, then it's really worth it! :D
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Ehe thankyou!
I sure hope so c:
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HMissXX Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
:D
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SleyTheDent Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for this beautiful, yet heart breaking, piece of art.
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Aha, thankYOU! c:
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ELMOTILLO Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
realmente muy bueno!
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Ehe, mucho grazius?
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tednugentlover1256 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
wow this picture really blows my mind!
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
aha, thankyou~
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tednugentlover1256 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
your welcome:D
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Marijke-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*HUGS* I know this. Beautifully captured, this speaks to someone who knows the pain of dementia. My own grandmother. I can tell you, that dementia hurts the actual sick person too. They TRY, really do TRY, but just cannot. I'm so glad that an image like this one became a DD. This one deserves it.
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
-huggs-
I'm sorry, I do hope the best for you and your grandmother :<
Mm, sometimes they kinda realize and laugh--
but they don't really think it's all that funny.
Perhaps it's worse when they're in that stage, where they're still conscious of their deterioration.
It sounds like hell :c
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Marijke-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, dementia is terrible.

My grandmum has - maybe luckily - passed away.
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LadyFromEast Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My grandmother is suffering from Alzcheimer and I happen to be her guardian, feeding her and taking care of her daily. This painting is so very touching, it really shows the things you chose to represent in it.
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A-L-i-E-Nxx Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Thankyou-
I'm sorry :c I couldn't possibly imagine what it's like to watch it directly every day. Your strength really astounds me--
I wish you and your grandmother all the best!
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LadyFromEast Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
I wouldn't have made it without my mom's help. I thing she has more strenght than I do. We try to comfort each other and not get too sad about gran, even if she sometimes keeps calling her long dead sister :(
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