I investigate the rhythms of our bodies and our relationship with the natural environment. As I have always turned to the natural world to seek peace, solace, renewal, and restoration, I considered how the natural environment offers humans a place of “sanctuary” to help deal with stress and disturbance, while at the same time acknowledging that the environment itself is threatened and degraded by human behavior. Envisioning the Veil (2017-2019) explores this contradiction.
Carried forward from my previous project Once Ocean, I continue to use visual brain patterns as a metaphor for human thoughts and emotions, utilizing data output from EEG testing (used to analyze electrical activity of the human brain). The data is derived from file records of EEG testing of distressed brains as a visualization of the inconsistencies and aberrations of human thoughts and emotions.
I also continue to emphasize the escalating deterioration of our natural environment by referencing the growing threats to our world. I photographed natural landscapes and domestic settings representing personal places of sanctuary that are threatened or endangered. The physical degradation is not apparent in these photographs, reflecting the hidden features that often underlie foreboding conditions.
In Envisioning the Veil, I constructed photographs to envision this conflict between people and the environment by printing brainwaves onto medical gauze and sewing each piece, using medical suture thread, directly onto the surface the of the photographs.
I struggle with the knowledge that we rely on our natural environment and our families for sustenance and refuge, while paradoxically engaging in decisions and behaviors that are causing harm and even destroying these fragile connections. It is my hope that these investigations will offer viewers a subjective exploration of the interconnectivity that binds us to our land and to each other.
Each piece is an archival pigment print with EEG data printed directly onto cotton gauze, hand applied using surgical suture thread onto rag fiber paper, edition of 3 (variant)