Final Major Project: Gallery Visit, 2nd March 2019

Small Town Inertia: JA Mortram

Side Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne.

I attended the Side Gallery in Newcastle to see the Small Town Inertia Exhibition.

Whilst I had read a great deal about this project prior to the visit I did not expect the impact the imagery and word would have upon me.

I have never attended an exhibition where I have been emotionally affected so much, there were occasions where I was on the verge of tears.

It is perhaps because Mortram really explains through both the words and the imagery very effectively what his subjects are going through, and how they are affected by society both physically and emotionally.

This was a very important exhibition for me to see especially as it is my plan to have words accompanying my imagery to give context to my work.

Each of my images will have a diary entry which addresses not only my struggles with mental health during my journey to my physical diagnosis with Rheumatoid Arthritis but also addresses the struggles that come along with having an invisible disease. Whilst you look OK on the outside no one knows what any individual is going through on the inside.

I feel that by going to see this exhibition I have a clearer view of what I need to do for the public outcome of my FMP.

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