Granny Does Graffiti!
Graffiti is drawings or writings on surfaces in public view – usually illicitly – and often negatively associated with youth culture. However, the emerging popularity of artists such as Banksy shows graffiti to be a medium to express social messages and to challenge ideologies2. Well I’m still the Diva pilot study used graffiti as a means of self-expression for people living with dementia as they explored their changing identity. Their street art and tag was displayed in a public space in Bournemouth, UK, and the artists invited to discuss the meaning of their artwork.
Hicks, B., Carroll, D., Shanker, S., & El-Zeind, A. (2019). 'Well I'm still the diva!' Enabling people with dementia to express their identity through graffiti arts: Innovative practice. Dementia (London, England), 18(2), 814-820.