Sandra creates symbolic and tactile sculptures which act as
vessels for illustrating the invisible character of Multiple Sclerosis,
a chronic condition affecting the nervous system. She works mainly
in concrete and plastic to express physical and emotional symptoms
and sensations relating to MS.
The sense of touch plays a pivotal role in her sculptural work as it
seems to have a particularly balancing effect on the brain for her.
Sandra is further looking at the core fabric and the originating
environment of the disease – the complex mesh of nerve fibres
that connect nerve cells to enable our brain to function. This also
links back to her passion for drawing. Occasionally, she explores
video animation to transmit her thoughts and concerns.
Sandra is a strong believer in the concept of cognitive reserve (train
the brain and build up resilience) and that it can be enhanced through
creative and artistic activity. During her years of study and practice
she managed her own symptoms along the way. Her varied creative
work undeniably helped her to relieve the impact of the MS related
changes in the brain. This approach to cognitive wellbeing,
she stresses, has the potential to help and be applied to a wider
audience which also becomes apparent in the increase of the
use of Art Therapy as a complimentary form of treatment.
Her work highlights the therapeutic yet often straining effects
of using practice alongside living with the illness - a conflict
centering around dependence and expression.
Sandra seeks to raise awareness of such invisible
iillnesses by creating a conversation through her work.