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My eyes

My ears

My hands

My mouth

My nose

My eyes

Sash windows in the reflection. Windows to your soul.

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Without seeing the rest of a face you can tell real

motion by looking into someones eyes.

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I enjoy closing my eyes and sleeping more than normal.

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I want to get over this.

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My eyes are my saviour. I am so visual.

I see the sea nearly every day.

So very lucky. I watch the horizon.

The way the light fades at sunset.

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I can’t wait to clap eyes on you again.

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The eyes are the window to the soul…

Does seeing get kinder with age?

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I want to see the sea.

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Behind the glass.

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Concentrating on my eyes makes me frown a bit.

That’s probably OK, as I’m focused,

not angry at my progress.

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What beautiful blue eyes.

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My left eye looks like a fish in my drawing… I love what it

looks like when you open your eyes under water in the sea…

and can see the sunlight shining through the surface.

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My ears


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All I hear is my inner dialogue.

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Obsessed with podcasts they have kept me company and

taught me so much in these isolated times.

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I love listening to the birds, the rain

and my children’s laughter.

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I miss no car noise!

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Is anybody listening?

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‘Ear ‘Ear! Are we hearing each other?

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I hear you.

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It’s so quiet that I can hear the birds.

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Something I noticed during Lockdown is how much I value

being able to adjust the volume of my surroundings.

I sometimes struggle hearing people talk in busy places

but I can turn the volume up or down accordingly.

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Silence is golden!

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Hear no evil. A word in your shell-like.

Do ears really keep on growing?

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My hands

Feeling with your touch or touching with your feelings?

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While I draw my hand, I think I’ll never be a hand model.

These hands I have help me create art, to cook, to draw,

to paint and work. Whether that work is at a computer or

around the house. I’ve been called ‘A safe pair of hands’

before which means that people trust me. But also are

maybe less likely to offer support. During 2020, being

‘stuck’ at home (I prefer the term ‘safe’) these fingers have

certainly gotten greener. I’ve tended to plants.From seed

through to making chutney. Writing this, by hand, makes

my hand ache a bit. I’m used to typing. Maybe I need to

write more by hand, to keep my muscles working. Including

my brain. Writing by hand seems to connect to my brain

differently. It’s harder to edit and order my thoughts.

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Keep thinking of a gorilla hand, all the lines!

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I miss your touch.

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Such a range from ‘her delicate touch’ to ‘he packed

a punch.’ We call our emotions “FEEL”ings.

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Are my hands clean enough?

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No touching the tube railings.

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The skin on my hands is so dry, my veins look very blue and

my silver nail polish is properly chipped off.

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If hands and fingers are hard to draw and look like a bunch

of bananas, why not try to draw a bunch of bananas and see

if they look like hands! Hope that’s a loooooong lifeline.

Too much loss already in 2020.

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My mouth

The silence is deafening.

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I’m usually quite smily in pictures but staring at my face

makes me look very serious. I’ve seen candid photos of

me looking angry (even though I wasn’t at the time).

Expressions are weird.

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My teeth are so wonky. Didn’t realise!

Great another thing to dislike about my body!!

But I actually love and worry about my mouth. It helps

bring lots of nice experiences but I know if I’m not careful

damaging words can come out of it. My poor mouth.

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If only more people spread kind words and kisses.

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‘Taste’ what you examine with your mouth and also your

own preferences with regard to EVERYTHING.

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Not telling the whole story

Seeing my lips makes me feel hungry!

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Speak no evil. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say

anything at all. Keep smiling as gravity brings the

side of your mouth down!

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My nose

Visually hate my nose, really quite critical but enjoy

trying to draw it without vanity. But my sense of smell

has been a great sense of comfort in Covid times. Burning

aromatherapy oils around the house. Geranium to uplift.

Lavender to soothe.

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I will miss you.

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I hate the smell of hand sanitiser.

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Using two monitors means I can see my nose in profile fully

for what seems like the first time. Smell is really important

to me. From helping me taste delicious food, to the scent

of the salty sea air or when things go wrong and bad as you

walk through a busy city. Whenever I get a cold, my sense of

smell gets heightened before my nose gets full up!

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I love the smell of fresh rain, roses, babies skin.

A smell can bring back a memory so vividly.

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I’ve always been told I have a cute nose.

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Smells are glorious but can be disappointing - think coffee!

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Blocked nose.

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I want to smell hot chocolate!

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The plumber came this morning to look at the boiler and he

smelt of old booze. My brother said to me when you smell a

rose close your eyes and in that second nothing else exists.

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Sniff. Whistle. Pores.

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Mark Titchner collaborated with service users at Sussex Partnership NHS

Foundation Trust to create the project Mememhmmmn (abbreviating the

words ‘My eyes. My ears. My hands. My Mouth. My nose.’) During a time

when most of the world has experienced separation and distancing as part

of the measures against the COVID pandemic Mark led a series of digital

workshops that focused on the idea of self-portraiture and, in particular, how

we experience the world through our senses. In each session participants were

asked to make drawings of their ears, eyes, hands, mouth and noses and to

compliment this a short piece of writing that related to what they have drawn.

The artworks created during these sessions have been collated here.

Thank you to all of the participating artists.

This publication is part of Make For Tomorrow which has been delivered by

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Make Your Mark

Heads On

Hospital Rooms

Arts Over Borders


And supported by

Arts Council England and NHS Charities Together


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