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Envisioning the Veil (2017-2019)

As an artist, I have been drawn to invisible threads that reside within the intersection of art and science. I explore the unseen rhythms of the human body and our relationship to the natural world. For me, the internal rhythms reflect both individual and collective minds. I transform scientific data into a poetic iteration of motion and time. From the rise and fall of one’s chest during the act of breathing to the electrical waves of the brain, these cyclical patterns remain a constant source of inspiration to me. In the series Envisioning the Veil, I utilize data output from electroencephalogram (EEG) testing used to analyze electrical activity of the human brain. To me, this data represents a visual metaphor for human thoughts and emotions. Using medical suture thread, I sew EEG data that I have printed on medical gauze onto photographs of natural landscapes and domestic settings. These images are places of personal sanctuary that are threatened or endangered. The physical degradation is not apparent in these photographs, reflecting the hidden features that often underlie foreboding conditions. The natural world and my home in the desert offer me peace, solace, renewal, and restoration. I consider how these environments can offer other humans a place of “sanctuary” to help deal with stress and disturbance. I struggle with the knowledge that we rely on nature 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.

 

The final prints in this series are produced on paper that is 32” x 32”. The edition for each image is limited to 3 + 1 AP (variant) for a total edition of 4.

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