Debut Contemporary launched ‘Human Suffering at Times of Crisis Part II – When Boys Become Men’ exhibition curated by Barry Martin and Klara Cecmanova in support of Harrison’s Fund, which is named after eight year old Harrison Smith from Surrey who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition which affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness. The charity’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne.
“I wanted to capture the inner conflict happening within the people around. Duchenne is such a devastating illness, I truly admire Klara and Nick (whose sons were recently diagnosed), their work and courageous attitude. That and reflecting on my own experience I can relate to, my pieces explore three different stages of having to deal with an intense situation that is completely out of your control…’Malarkey’ shows the utter chaos and confusion, love and sadness from whatever it is that will happen… ‘Trust’ is about having the faith that the best way is to let people have their own journey trusting you will meet one day as well as having faith in the process so you can enjoy the present and every moment you have, even if there is a continuous underlying worry and anxiety from not knowing… and ‘Waiting Game’ where you just have to accept the situation for what it is, let go of your ego and don’t give into the allure of distractions …”