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Optometrist’s art on display at Salisbury exhibition

Martin Memory’s piece is based on his practice’s styling consultation service

03 Sep 2019 by Andrew McClean

Optometrist Martin Memory, owner of Wiltshire-based practice Memory Opticians, has had two pieces of artwork accepted into a local art exhibition.

One piece is based on his practice’s frame styling consultation service. It is a giclée print made up of six individual images that together depicts a unique style personality.

The images are based on the head of Dawn – one of three statues that adorn the tomb of Lorenzo de’ Medici by Michelangelo.

Mr Memory hopes that each image will be used as a tool by style experts at his practice in order to help determine the dominant ‘style personality’ of each patient.

“The idea came to me when I was observing our managing partner, Katie Memory, design a consultation for frame styling, one element of which examines a subject’s dominant style personality,” he explained.

Mr Memory added: “Katie wanted to graphically depict each personality in a unique way for Memory Opticians customers and so we collaborated by using this classical image in a pop art style.”

The artwork is now on display in the Salisbury Art Centre until 7 September as part of the Wiltshire Creative Summer Open Exhibition.

Speaking about the exhibition, Mr Memory said: “I think there is an intuitive link between art and optometry. They both involve considering the nature of light, the effect it has on our visual world and the process involved with perception. I’m thrilled the work has not only been accepted in the exhibition but also and has the potential to be a useful tool as part of the six-stage eyewear styling consultation.”

Mr Memory has two practices, which are part of the Hakim Group, in Amesbury and Salisbury. The artwork will be put on display at the Salisbury practice after the exhibition has finished.

Pictured is Mr Memory with the exhibition’s artistic director, Mirka Golden-Hann, in front of his artwork

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