The Forgetting by Ginny Schmidt

I created this from scratch in Photoshop a while back. It got out of control and became an ugly mess that I didn’t really know what to do with; however, something prevented me from deleting it, something disturbing but compelling at the same time. Then I watched a documentary about Alzheimer’s Disease, and it was pretty scary. When I opened this picture again just now, I thought that it suggested the tangled interior landscape of a disappearing brain. It isn’t pretty — it isn’t meant to be. This is a problem, folks. It requires attention.

Some advice for anyone caring for a family member in an advanced stage of this disease: Do not get upset when they don’t recognize you — if daddy doesn’t know his little princess, or mom thinks her son’s face reminds her of someone from long ago. Do not try to “jog” their memory; it simply isn’t there anymore, and getting upset is an exercise in futility — this isn’t about you now, so smile and put your ego aside. Your loved ones may not know who you are, but they will ALWAYS know exactly how you make them feel.

I could go on, but nobody could put the situation in such poignant perspective as Shakespeare, whose King Lear lamented:

Does any here know me? This is not Lear.
Does Lear walk thus, speak thus? Where are his eyes?
Either his notion weakens, his discernings
Are lethargied — Ha! Waking? ’Tis not so.
Who is it that can tell me who I am?

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  • Ruth Palmer
    Ruth Palmerover 6 years ago

    On the contrary Ginny….it’s a wonderful piece. Just look at the great depth it has and how it expresses warmth and love inspite of complete and utter confusion. It’s a very devastating disease. My heart goes out to anyone with a family member suffering through this.

  • Thank you, Ruth, for seeing something in this that I did not. You make me glad that I shared it.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 6 years ago

    Alzeheimers at one point effect almost every family. As to your work, I agree with Ruth. I believe it to be a very good work. I love the color choices, and with the crazy lines overlapping the circles, it makes a very artistic contrast.

  • Thanks very much, Jim. It was one of those crazy pieces that sort of makes itself with me just following along to see what happens. Sometimes they turn out good.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • LifeInMaine
    LifeInMaineover 6 years ago

    It is a fascinating piece

  • Thank you, Shelagh; and to think I have been sitting on it all this time unsure whether to put it up.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • jlynn
    jlynnover 6 years ago

    Fantastic work!!! Glad you kept it:)

  • coffeetea
    coffeeteaover 6 years ago

    great title for it. i do get the feel from this piece.

  • Devalyn Marshall
    Devalyn Marshallover 6 years ago

    Fantastic image!

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasabout 6 years ago

    Great abstact!

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 6 years ago

    awesome work and colors

  • Vasile Stan
    Vasile Stanalmost 6 years ago

    This is pure delight for my sense of beauty…
    Ginny, you’re a Genius (Genius must be your name in Latin, I’ll check it out!).

  • I am honored by your remarks. Thank you.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks so much.

    – Ginny Schmidt

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