In our society it seems that the perspective of aging is one-dimensional. We view the inevitable aging process as a slow decline into despair and a loss of independence, yet our perspective only captures a small piece of the truth. Washburn University’s Mulvane Art Museum is presently running an exhibit that offers us the unique opportunity to see the other side of the aging process. In their exhibit Perspectives on Aging, artists Elizabeth Layton and Ed Navone show us that old age, like many other stages of life, offers moments of joy, sadness, desire and pain.
Layton’s art features self-portraits that capture the wrinkles and sagging skin that come with aging, as well as portraits that show the splendor of long-term companionship with her husband. Her portraits focus on the silly, sweet and sometimes petrifying moments that come with the golden years.
|Artwork by: Elizabeth Layton|
Navone’s artwork, however, tackles a much darker and terrifying side of aging as he chronicles his father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Navone captures the challenges his father faced during his battle with dementia in heartbreaking and beautiful sketches.
|Artwork by: Ed Navone|
While it may appear the artwork in Perspectives on Aging contradict each other, they offer a thought-provoking perspective on a complicated process. The exhibit is on display until Oct. 24. More information can be found on the Mulvane Art Museum's Website.