by Tori Tinsley
CenterForm - Atlanta, GA
February - April, 2017
Event photos by Matthew Straw
Ech·o·la·li·a / ekōˈlālēə (noun) 1. meaningless repetition of another person's spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder 2. repetition of speech by a child learning to talk.
Echolalia was an installation of new work from artist Tori Tinsley that continues to explore the artist's changing relationship with her mother as she succumbs to a degenerative brain disease, frontotemporal degeneration.
This was Twin Radius’ inaugural event, and the first of three projects in a year long partnership with CenterForm.
On the Act of Empathy: Harnessing Our Own Experiences to Help Others
Saturday, April 1st, 2-3:30 PM at CenterForm
Press: Coverage by Creative Loafing
To compliment her installation, Echolalia, Tori facilitated a free workshop on the practice of empathy. Participants were invited to explore personal challenges in order to be present for others during tough times. The discussion culminated with a creative card making activity for those experiencing grief, loss, illness, or any other difficult situation.
ABOUT TORI TINSLEY
My paintings explore my changing relationship with myself and with my mother as she succumbs to a brain disease called fronto-temporal degeneration. Through the interaction of two figures, I convey the challenging emotional experience of such an ambiguous loss; feelings that include despair, longing, disbelief, and even hope. This focus on myself is not meant to diminish the importance of my mother’s experience with this disease, but to add to the discussion and awareness of what happens to those left behind to pick up the pieces. These works not only serve as premature memorials to my mother, but they also stand as monuments to resilience and highlight how painting can serve as a proxy for reconnection.
To connect with Tori, visit: toritinsley.com
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