Brockett, Emma

Emma photo.jpgAustralia (Featured Artist 2010)


Our personalities are governed by our brains. Obviously those with epilepsy, in theory, will perceive art and make art, in a different way from those who don't have epilepsy. When people see the work of someone who has confirmed epilepsy and then see the work of an artist who doesn't have epilepsy, they may be able to see a difference between the two artists. Also artists with epilepsy may display similarities only found in people with epilepsy or the same type of epilepsy.

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I hope the exhibition makes people start to think about epilepsy and its consequences and opens up a dialogue, which leads to a better understanding of the condition. I think art is a great way to do this as I believe that everyone will have an opinion of what they see. Whether the person next to them agrees with them or not, it still makes an invitation for discussion. This is what I hope this exhibition will do.


In Art Exhibit '09


Linear Confusion

by Emma Brockett

mixed media (2003)

People need to realize that there are many different types of seizures and that the common perception that only tonic clonic seizures define epilepsy is not true. Hence, the way these different seizures present requires understanding and knowledge of how to assist a person who is NOT having a tonic clonic seizure. Since seizures are unpredictable and often periodic - striking mainly without warning, the public needs to understand why we have special entitlement privileges like taxi fare cards. I have been accused of having a stolen card more than once because I do not look as though I have a disability. Basically, the public needs to get more open minded about, not just the seizures themselves, but also the other ramifications, which accompany the condition. For example, a poor memory, medication taking, not being able to drive, amusing or embarrassing situations which occur during or after a seizure and the feeling of a need to explain "what just happened back there...."

I would like to encourage people with epilepsy, including myself, to feel that they can be upfront about their epilepsy and not fear the consequences of such a disclosure. I have found personally, that sooner or later people get to see a seizure and then explanations, no matter how long or short, are made anyway. As I have been told many times, living in fear, is not a productive way of living at all.


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