This collection of lonely chairs represents some of the myriad people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease and the associated loneliness – felt not just by them but also by family and friends witnessing their cognitive decline. The assemblage is somewhat chaotic and nonsensical, similar to what the artist imagines dementia might feel like. No two chairs are identical, indicating solitude amidst the crowd. Tangled together, they are a symbol of support and hope that we are not all alone as we navigate life.
Genevieve Patchell is an emerging artist working primarily with clay. A deep love of art led her to enrol in art school where she studied sculpture, photography, printing and other mediums, with a focus on painting and drawing. Using these skills, she has experimented with many different materials over the years such as metal, wood and found objects, to make art and jewelry. She is inspired by abandoned structures, decay, nature taking it all back, and otherwise unnoticed moments.