Security Blanket • 2014
Key Food • 268 Main St
This sculpture of a house was created based off of a painting made out of iron oxide by an elderly woman in New York living with Alzheimer’s Disease. The sculpture is part of an initiative called the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project, a cross-generational community arts project with the focus of raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and using art as catalyst to comfort grandchildren, caregivers and elderly affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Team members certified in the Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making Watercolor Class volunteer with the elderly to create watercolor paintings. The paintings are then interpreted into sculptures by glass and iron artists. We host workshops and events to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. Through this process fading memories become eternal artworks.
Rosemarie Oakman was born and raised in New York’s historic Hudson Valley. Growing up she spent summers and winters in London, England and completed several short courses at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Dsign. In Spring 2014 she received her BFA with a minor in Gerontology (the studied of aging) from Alfred University. Rosemarie’s concentration is Metal Casting with a focus on cupola cast iron. At the 2013 National Conference on Cast Iron she was the recipient of the Paige Wainwright Scholarship. She also interned as an emerging artist at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. Her deep love for the elderly merged with her passion for metal casting to form the genesis of the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron Project. She is founder and director of this multifaceted, cross-generational community arts project. In Spring 2014, Alfred University awarded her the Richard V. Bergren Jr. Student Innovation Award for this groundbreaking program.