Drink to Remember

Drink To Remember In ‘The New Botanists’ Cardiff School of Biosciences May-June 2009

Exhibiting Artists: Peter Bailey, Laurie Clark, Thomas A Clark, Nick Cudworth, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Astrid Furnival, Jack Furnival, John Furnival, Ian Gardner, Peter Greenaway, Karen Ingham, Jasper Johns, Leonard McComb, Anne-Mie Melis, Terrence Millington, Bernard Moxham, Maxine Relton

‘Drink To Remember’ stems from my interest in recent neurobiological research, which suggests that red grape seed extract may help to prevent, or at least reduce, plaque build-up, which leads to Alzheimer’s disease. The extract is found naturally in red wine, produced form red grapes used in the wine making process. We often drink to forget but I like the irony of drinking to remember. Using laser technology I have etched a wine bottle to produce a visual ‘label’ using an image of a healthy dendrite. The dendrite takes its name from the Greek meaning tree and Dendritic structures are also visually similar to the stems of a bunch of grapes with the fruit removed. I have also suspended grapes within a series of test tubes and over a period of time the grapes have desiccated and shrunk, just as the brain does when attacked by the plaque build-up associated with Alzheimer’s.