Bust of Adam Pearson by Dagmar Bennett, BA Technical Arts & Special Effects. Photographed at the Wimbledon BA Summer Show by Kristy Noble.
For her final piece in this year’s Wimbledon College of Arts Summer Show, artist and BA Technical Arts & Special Effects graduate Dagmar Bennett created an exciting and challenging work: a heroic bust of Adam Pearson, an actor, television caster/researcher, public speaker and campaigner against stigma towards people with a visible facial difference.
Adam has type one Neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes excess body tissue to grow predominantly on his face. After researching Adam online, Dagmar contact Adam and they met, developing a close friendship alongside the work.
Introducing her work, Dagmar said “as a sculptor I was firstly interested in the form of Adam’s face, yet after hearing his story, I felt inspired by his positive attitude, bravery and determination to break down barriers regarding how people with disfigurement are viewed and treated. In my portrait I wanted to capture these personal qualities, show him as an individual and help change perceptions of people with a disfigurement.”
Dagmar recently made the news when her work was linked with charity Genetic Disorders UK’s Jeans for Genes Day – an annual event to raises awareness of conditions such as Adam’s which takes place this year on 18 September.
We spoke to her about her work, her course and her post-graduation plans.
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