Pete Cunningham’s work explores the fragility of everyday life for women with dementia, based on her professional engagement with them. She currently occupies and inhabits the mind and body of an elderly woman with dementia, moving between the familiarity of her Past the anonymity of her Present, pausing to stand like an island in a river whilst everyday flows past her at speed. Tomorrow no longer forms part of her vocabulary. Cunningham works across a range of media; textiles, sculpture and film. Cunningham challenges the notion the self is lost and offers an alternative reading – Granny is still present although she appears not to be. On The Bus (2019) saw Granny unraveling the waistcoat she’s wearing and knitting it anew. Baking-No-More (2019) illustrated her belief she was baking. Granny can’t tell you how old she is, but remembers all the stories she wrote. Fleeting moments perfectly describe Granny’s intermittent absence-presence. Cunningham brings Granny into the light, dispelling the darkness to illuminate her presence with one of her short stories. Cunningham’s work challenges the notion the self is lost; and instead offers an alternative reading. The Degree Show film, Hiraeth (2020) uses a classic Shakespearean conceit; as we walk with her out from darkness/confusion, through transformation in the GREEN SPACE, perfect for Granny’s final walk in her favourite woods, and into the LIGHT.