A curated selection of paintings, poetry, essays, photography and other art forms by Persons with Parkinson’s.
There is a body of research in cognitive science suggesting that the onset of Parkinsons’s disease may produce a creative impulse in some. There is no question that to be reminded of one’s mortality is sobering and can drive one to look for ways to process the grief and other emotions they may be feeling. Others, having stepped away from their careers, suddenly have more time on their hands and search for a way to spend this time productively. But for some special few, there is something more mysterious and magical at work. Some become filled a creative impulse that seeks an outlet and, when expressed, helps soothe them. For these few, art becomes integral to their lives in ways that they never thought possible before.
Such quiet beauty here, in these, my soft-voiced, stiff-limbed people; such resolve masked by each placid face. There is immensity required in growing small, so bent on such unbending grace.
- Robin Morgan, No Signs of Struggle
My certain future based upon hopeful dreams and ambitions is suddenly replaced with uncertainty.