September 26th, 2016

Professional artist hit by stroke launches exhibition in Bromsgrove to explore effects of art

Updated: 10:00 am, May 10, 2016

AN EXHIBITION done by award-winning multimedia artist and stroke survivor Mark Ware and psychologist Dr Nichola Street has gone on display at Bromsgrove’s Life After Stroke Centre.

The collection was launched with a special event at the Church Lane venue last Wednesday (May 4) where it will be on show until the end of the month. It will then be toured around other stroke centres up and down the country and the pieces will be able to buy to raise funds charity. Reflecting Nature, presented by The Wavelength Project, investigates how people respond to art and nature, focusing on differences between natural versus human made sounds and light.

There are 16 digital prints which use images of the natural environment and symmetrical patterns.

The artwork shown will be available for sale as limited edition prints with a proportion of the proceeds going to good causes.

Mark worked as a professional artist for 15 years and had international clients in film and video production before he suffered a severe stroke in 1996 which turned his life upside down.

He said: “Stroke ended my old life, but gave me a new life where for the first time I understood the meaning and value of art.

“Most of my art since having the severe stroke has been touched by my disability and as a result I have become increasingly interested in how my subjective experiences have been altered by my brain injury.

“The Reflecting Nature collaboration is allowing me to explore subjects that are of profound interest to all artists: why we create art, how we respond to art and how art is intrinsically linked to our interactions with the natural environment.”

As well as the launch of the exhibition, there were also inspiring talks on the important role art could play after stroke.

They were also able to participate in a scientific investigation being led Staffordshire University which involve exciting eye tracking technology that monitors eye movement when viewing art.

Visit www.thewavelengthproject.com/blog for more on The Wavelength Project, which was launched by Mark in 2011, and go to http://thewavelengthproject.com/shop/ to buy the limited edition prints.

Conversation about the collection on Twitter can be found at @scienceartTWP or by using the hastag #reflectingnature and thewavelengthproject.com is the official website for it.

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