University: Middlesex University
Artist statement: Fourteen documents the increasingly isolated intimate lives and routines of a mother and her disabled son. It explores their overwhelming emotional, physical and financial interdependence.
Timothy (54) was born with brain damage resulting in cerebral palsy, autism and deafness. He has no verbal language skills; he and Joan (79) communicate primarily in broken sign language. Following the death of his father Brian in February 2016, Joan is his full time carer. The implications of Brian’s death and Joan’s advancing age have been implicit since Timothy's birth. They have yet to be coherently addressed.
Fourteen is not intended as a political comment on attitudes towards elderly or disabled people. It is an exploration of the complicated, challenging and unanswered questions surrounding Joan and Timothy's relationship.