- Charcoal on paper
- Purchased, 2002
- 1500 x 1000mm
This drawing is part of an extraordinary series of portraits Kristin Stephenson made of her husband Steve Hollis between 2002 and 2004. He was suffering from vascular dementia, a degenerative illness, and early on they made a pact together that she would document his decline (a keen supporter of her work, he had always enjoyed being drawn). The Close works convey a complex mix of tenderness, humour and grief. Kristin moves beyond pure description, using a variety of techniques and textures to create an image that suggests both Steve’s shifting sense of self and the gradual erasure of the familiar.
(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )