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Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness (2017-2018)

"Abandoned" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Ruth's Window" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Paul's Old Home" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Cathe's Stairs" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Leaving Home" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Mom's Light" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Leeanna's Back Porch" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Franklin's Teepee" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Elizabeth's Caboose" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Linda's Cabin" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

"Darrin's Divided Window" from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness
Pigment printed gauze sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread

In my latest art/science project I am exploring the complexity of the human psyche, specifically abnormal brain activity, and its impact on the family unit.

Whether mental illness stems from addiction, depression or a multitude of the many other physiological or emotional factors, this project addresses a universal problem, one that is often times concealed, and revealed only within the silent confines of the home.  Sadly, in some cases, these issues are recognized only after the victims of mental illness have taken their own lives.

Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness, inspired by intangible whispers around me, evokes diverse psychological states and emotions. These photographs I created in response to these issues question what lies beyond control and reason, revealing veiled places of sanctuary, threaded and unraveled, sharing space with abnormal brain activity. This juxtaposition gives pause to the myriad of horrific, unseen actions and events that plague our society.

To visualize these science-related issues I utilize data-driven images of abnormal EEG testing and print them directly onto transparent gauze.  After capturing and printing photographs of peoples’ homes, I use surgical suture thread to physically connect the two images.

Final works are produced by the artist as an archival pigment print on rag matte paper. Pigment printed gauze is sewn over the printed photograph and attached using surgical suture thread. Each photograph is signed by the artist en verso.

Works from the series Home: Envisioning the Veil of Mental Illness will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Barrick Museum of Art in 2021.

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