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Colette Dobson

Colette Dobson

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Dobson’s work encompasses two strands. That of exhibiting, and as a textile artist activist working to develop the communication skills of professional heath workers and cancer patients in relation to questions of sexuality. Challenging work is exhibited at International Conferences, that open debate and critical thinking. Reflection on the outcome of the events is presented in publications and the delivery of papers focusing on Sexuality and Cancer.

The exhibition work questions how we learn, accept certain ideas and form the psychological sense of self. The home, education, religion and the media are highlighted as areas for discussion. The process in making the work relates to the theme. The constructed surfaces reflect the marks of learning, correction, appropriateness, and hierarchy. There is a focus on the history and context of accepted English attitudes to labour and work. Functional objects of labour, are remade rendering them unusable, reflecting on the historical notion of being seen to work hard is of the highest value,- what is being done can be of less importance – The work is always presented with plainness and a duty performed.

ComMA (Communication Medicine and Art) a group of 4 artist/designers and a sexual and relationship psychotherapist working together, challenging communication skills in the health service. Socio-cultural views on communication around sexual issues create difficulties in a culture which largely leaves the topic hidden from view, private between individuals with social norms expressed by the media giving a hierarchical approach to what is seen as being good, natural, blessed and normal. Issues raised by patient groups around these issues and their ability to discuss this with their health professionals, are visualized through making objects that explore these difficult emotional themes.

The work is presented at International Conferences which informs and debates this area of health. The exhibited work allows a critical interaction with health professionals and challenges the possibility of a different way of communicating with patient’s and understanding the patient’s voice.

Linen, bristle fibres, metal bucket, soap; 100cm x 80cm. Photo: Colette Dobson

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