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In early 2013 I received a grant to buy an Ipad. Since then my Ipad goes everywhere with me from bed to sofa to hospital waiting rooms as I document my adventures, real and imaginary, at these exciting locations.

Temporarily out of service

1 April 2014

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Intermissions due to illness are a regular part of life for many people living with a disability and/or chronic illness. With me these pauses between acts can last a day, a week and sometimes months depending on the severity of the setback or flare up. This makes long term planning and committing to deadlines a challenge to say the least. Nowadays when I make plans I try to factor in the probability that there will be periods, short or long, when I will be temporarily out of service....

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Sick selfie on virgin

8 April 2014

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Two photos of Jane McCormick with her head under a well, next to an image of the Virgin Mary holding a photo of one of Jane's sick selfie's

Holy wells specialising in the curing of specific diseases can be found all over Ireland. Such illness are often reflected in the names given to the wells: Tobar na sul (the eye well); Tobar na plaighe (the well of the plague); Tobar na ngealt (the well of the insane) to name but a few.  Last weekend I took the waters at St Mullins well in County Carlow which is said to have the cure of both the headache and the plague. I left a sick selfie on the virgin as a offering. I can declare a...

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Not half right

15 April 2014

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Living with a neurological disorder that involves head pain there are many times when I don't feel quit right. Sometimes it's from pain and the general sense of brain disorder that goes with the territory and sometimes it's from the depression that is also part of the package. 'She/he is not half right' is a popular Irish saying to describe someone who has mental health issues but there are others that work equally well like 'Bad with the nerves' or 'Not all...

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Wrong side of the bed

22 April 2014

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Wrong side of the bed

Some days there is no right side of the bed.....

 

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Private and confidential

9 May 2014

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Chalk self portrait drawing on hospital appointment letter made into a badge of wearable misery art.

I was delighted to find out last week that this piece was accepted for Creative futures Tight Modern travelling exhibition which I heard about through DAO.   It's a self portrait I made in 2012 on a hospital appointment letter. It got a new lease of life recently as a piece of wearable misery art when I made a badge out of it. I really like the idea of someone I don't know wearing a piece of my misery... would that it might lighten the...

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The bitch is back

17 May 2014

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The bitch is back

As a child I was afraid of the dark. The bedroom I shared with my sister was awash with monsters and murderers  of all description. They mainly resided under the bed but there were also quite a few squeezed into the roomy corner wardrobe as well as behind the curtains. The presence of my sister helped not a wit. We each managed our night terrors alone. She kept fear and insomnia at bay by sneaking the dog into her bed while I slept with my head under the covers barely able to breath. I was...

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Bats in the belfry

5 June 2014

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Bats in the belfry

Bats in the belfry  Meaning: 1580s, "pertaining to bats" from bats, slang sense "nuts, crazy" is attested from 1903, from the expression (to have) bats in (ones) belfry, also meaning "not right in the head" (1901) This time last year we had a huge colony of bats in our attic. The 'bat man' from the wildlife trust said it was probably a nursery for baby bats for miles around and we should be honoured that they choose our attic as their summer...

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I am not your inspiration, thank you very much.

14 June 2014

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Video of Ted talk by Stella young

Stella young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair - a fact that she doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity.  In this talk Young breaks down societys habit of turning disabled people into 'inspiration porn. (Text from ted talk home page).

There is nothing I can add to this as the video says it all....except have a look see and be inspired to be uninspiring!

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Too anxious to go to the Anxiety Festival

9 July 2014

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To anxious to go to the anxiety festival

Earlier this year I was too sick to attend the Sick Festival in Brighton and last month I was too anxious to attend the Anxiety Festival in London. Whatever next.... Too tired to go to the Chronic Fatigue Festival, too sad to go to the Depression Festival or too sore to go to the Pain Festival. This is a sad state of affairs indeed and I decided to address it by sending an email to the Anxiety Festival asking if they were planning to live stream any of their events so that people with anxiety...

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Intermission

19 July 2014

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Intermission

Stretch your legs, partake of some refreshments and talk amongst yourselves till I get back.  

I should warn you though, I may be some time.

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Under fire

6 August 2014

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Under fire

The head is under fire from all angles today... peace process talks appear to have broken down. Am thinking of digging a tunnel to get behind enemy lines but don't have the energy, interest or tools required.... maybe tomorrow... internal and external weather conditions permitting... or not, as the case might be.

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Sick Selfies @ Centred

19 August 2014

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Sick Selfies. Digital images on bone china plates

Sick Selfies @ Centred  After a year of trial, error and some epic fail, fail better scenarios, not to mention a prolonged bats in the belfry intermission, I finally got some Sick Selfies images onto bone china plates for Ceramic Ireland's Exhibition which opened in Dublin last week. Couldn't have done it without the support of my unpaid P.A. Joe and the lovely Tina from Ceramic Ireland who shared her knowledge of digital printing for ceramics and encouraged me every step of the...

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Housewife headache. Digital image on bone china plate.

27 August 2014

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Digital image on bone china plate.

I love this vintage advertisement for the treatment of a condition known as ' Housewife headache' so it just had to become part of my Sick Selfie series. It seems that all these these years I thought my permanent headache and fatigue was as a result of a neurological condition when really it was just caused by  'boredom and emotional fatigue'. Who knew? The advert  goes on to say.....'making beds, getting meals, acting as family chauffeur, tiresome work day after...

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Desperate times, desperate measures.

5 October 2014

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Desperate times, desperate measures.

I made this image on a trip to Saint Dympna's well not far from where I live in Count Cavan. The well is said to have cure 'nervous afflictions and mental illness' so my husband drove me there to take the waters on one particularly bad day in August past. The shrine is in a beautiful glade that looks like a deserted Hobbit village. Along side the well is a shrine to Saint Dympna, patron saint of nervous afflictions, and the ruins of a ancient church. We had to get permission to...

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Look what came in the post today

14 October 2014

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A badge saying 'Liam Gallagher is not my grandad'

Having a bed day today and was a more than a bit miserable and then this came in the post.....what a wonderful surprise. A Liam Gallagher is not my grandad badge and a bonus profile image of Her Very Very Highness herself. Cheered me up no end. I had forgotten all about my meagre contribution to Scottees Liam Gallagher is my grandad Fund it project back in May. He was planning to turn his grandad into a contemporary artist. I can't find anything about the project online... does anyone...

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Life is a cabaret

22 October 2014

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Life is a cabaret

For some bizarre reason when I am sick in bed my brain tends to throw up jolly 'look on the bright side' soundtracks from from movies like Cabaret, Song of the south, and even, god help us, Mary Poppins. The worse the pain the more persistent the 'cheer up and be brave in the face of adversity' the song. A spoonful of sugar does not help my medicine go down. Not now, not ever.  Let me make this clear, these songs arriving uninvited on my internal iPod do not cheer me up....

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Too sick to come out to play today.

31 October 2014

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Digital image of sick me with aura of floaty things.

Being too sick to come out to play began when I was 9.

What was an inconvenience in childhood is a scourge in middle age.

No silver lining.

 

 

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Reliquary. Artist book in a box.

6 November 2014

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Reliquary. Artist book in a box.

If I am in a reliquary does that make me a relict I wonder?

The dictionary describes a relict as 'a surviving remnant of an natural phenomenon'. That just about nails it I think. 

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Pussy Riot dreams.

19 November 2014

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Pussy Riot dreams. Digital image.

Jenny Murray interviewed 2 members of Pussy Riot on woman's hour this morning. If you didn't catch it you can listen to it on BBC Radio 4's playback from this link. Absolutely amazing women to have lived through the brutality of Russia's Justice system (or lack therein) and still will not be silenced.   My protesting days may be over but I can still dream.    ...

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Jane Mccormick Not half right. Face book page.

29 November 2014

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Jane mccormick Not half right Facebook page

I have taken the plunge and lost a few brain cells setting up a Facebook page for my work called Jane Mccormick Not half right.  Hope to share lots of information about disability arts when I get up and running. If anyone has got any helpful tips or advice about managing a page just for my own work please let me know and maybe more importantly any pitfalls I can avoid also. Input from DAO artists and other visitors to DAO with Facebook pages much appreciated. Attached link...

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The last of the Judson's gold.

8 December 2014

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The last of the Judson's Gold.

I think I just bought the last 5 boxes of Judsons Gold paint in the whole of Ireland. I have been using Judsons gold since forever as a cheap substitute for gold leaf. It seems while I was dozing it went  out of production. After much searching online and in art shops I discovered these 5 boxes gathering dust in good old fashioned country hardware store. The precious: it's little things like this that brighten my day.   ...

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Baa Humbug

12 December 2014

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Baa Humbug

A disability is for life, not just for Christmas!

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Reasons to be cheerful.

18 December 2014

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Reasons to be cheerful

My niece sent me this comprehensive list of conditions that would be reasons for admission to a Lunatic Asylum in the late 19th Century. She thought of me when she saw it.....I know I am inclined to have dissipation of the nerves, uterine derangement, brain fever, time of life, women's trouble, occasional gathering in the head and feebleness of mind and much more but I have never been a decoy in the army, shot my daughter or been kicked in the head by a horse.....yet....

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