Every Rose, A Different Story

PrizeOfficial Selection in Create (art)
CompanySusan Fraser-Hughes
ArtistSusan Fraser-Hughes

A few years ago, my mother was diagnosed with dementia. We had all seen the signs, questioned some of the things she was doing, choices she was making, but it wasn't until the official diagnosis came through, that it truly became real. My father has taken on the role of caregiver with both passion and dedication. It is because of him, she is able to still live within their home. This series began with a single rose, a way to visually tell the story of the relationship between my mother and father. It evolved into a series exploring the stories of others, who have been touched by dementia.

Susan Fraser-Hughes grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She moved to Calgary, Canada in 1996, and then Vancouver in 2011. She holds a BFA, an MFA, and most recently, a PhD from Aberystwyth University in Wales. Two recurrent themes run throughout Susan's work: sense of place, and sense of self. Her art documents her journey, her physical journey; places she has visited and lived, architectural and landscape, and her inner journey; aspects of self and personal history.