I am a Scottish artist and designer based in Glasgow. My key area of interest is in collaborative projects that explore place, narrative and participation. My work encompasses painting and drawing, installation, print and delivery in the community. Learn more about my approach and interests in this blog section of my website. For a more frequently updated insight into my practice please follow me on twitter @josievallely
My masters project is based on finding ways of representing experiences of chronic illness in a visual way. This Illustration explores the frustrations people face in trying to access the support they need to manage their chronic conditions.
The last few months I have been working with Linda Mcleod, who runs the BreatheEasy group in Alloa. She is incredibly inspiring and a great advocate for political change to help people who have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). She highlighted to me how people with COPD can find it particularly hard to receive the support they need as their condition is somewhat 'invisible'. This illustration explores the element of chance that seems to be inherent in the assessment of cases from bodies like ATOS, as well as the endless cycle of phone calls and paperwork which people have to wade through in order to access support. Sufferers of chronic conditions can feel like then are constantly have to 'prove themselves' to receive even the most basic help.
More information about the challenges people face in accessing DLA can be found here.
I work on lots of different kinds of projects and sometimes it can be hard to keep track of what I up to!