The work of Andrew Currey focuses on his personal struggles with diabetes. It is showing at the Desmond Fountain Gallery at Elbow Beach. *Photo supplied
The work of Andrew Currey focuses on his personal struggles with diabetes. It is showing at the Desmond Fountain Gallery at Elbow Beach. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21: A current exhibition combines science, religion and nature to portray the life of a diabetic.

Andrew Currey, Fine Art graduate from the University of North Texas, has produced a number of diabetes-related paintings and drawings over the past two years and they are on display at the Desmond Fountain Gallery at Elbow beach.

The reason he chose diabetes as his subject is because it is something personal to him and it is an original idea.

“This was a good way to express my feelings about the disease and the process of creating the work ended up being very therapeutic,” he explains.

The show was originally intended to coincide with a Diabetes Association fundraiser which has been postponed until early next year. The show still will coincide with Diabetes Awareness Month which takes place in November.

Currey explained that each piece of work explores a combination of either science, nature or religion: “It is when these pieces are together as a group you see the interplay of all three of those elements,” he explains.

“In one of the pieces on display (pictured top right), I use the fallen sparrow as a symbol of the diabetic’s own mortality. But the sparrow is also seen in a clean sterile white background that contrasts with the gritty oil wash of the figure standing next to it. 

“This contrast is a visualisation of the natural chaos of the disease versus the scientific precision of the medical devises used to keep that disease in check – ie nature versus science.”

Another piece he has created — Memento Mori #6 deals with the themes of science and religion. Translated from Latin as “remember you are mortal” it is a reference to religious renaissance paintings that depict symbols of mortality. “Once again we see a clean sterile white background of with medical devices used for injecting insulin,” Currey said.

“These scientific devices are haloed by a divine floating cloth and are suspended in space where there is no background or horizon.”

He continued: “These pieces are very autobiographical. All of the medical devices I portray are devices I have used or still use.  Each device portrayed is a lot like depicting a piece of myself. These are the instruments I use to keep myself alive. These instruments are apart of me. By depicting theme in the work, I am also depicting myself in a kind of self portrait.”

Currey said that he hopes that the diabetic community in particular in Bermuda will be able to relate to his work as well as the community at large.

Dr Annabel Fountain, daughter of gallery owner Desmond Fountain, has purchased a painting of a honeybee “17,294” (pictured below right) which represents the total number of insulin injections the artist had received since diagnosis until the time of painting.

There are several events being planned at the gallery for the month of November with a fundraising initiative through the sale of the paintings.

The show runs until December 15.