Artist Statement

 

biology | science | culture

When I received a complete set of MRIs of my brain in 2011, it seemed like new terrain. Neuroscience became my entry into science, history, and culture, where I investigate a wide range of sources that speak to who we are, where we come from, and why we are the way we are. DNA, phytoplankton, diatoms, and neurons: not only do these molecules and cells code for physical expression, supply the oxygen we breathe, and give rise to thought, but I am drawn to their pattern and symmetry. Maps, schematics, music, and machines: these cultural sources elucidate how we read, analyze, and interpret.

My work explores this collision of biology and culture.

Stampings of industrial products into clay, both vessels and installations, are a metaphor for the imprint of technology onto human structures. My prints -- with neural mappings and multiple layers of data lost and accumulated -- underscore the cellular fragility of memory and mind.