The Emotional Rein 2020
Wire, paint, metal foil, wood, pelxiglass, paper, screen
Two years in the making. It was started during my Artist in Residency in Paris, in 2018, when I met neuroscientist, Elim Hong, a from the Sorbonne, and we chatted about my artwork which often references biology and anatomy. We discovered a shared interest in using fine art to translate scientific research into accessible and inviting images that relay the beauty, mysteries and complexities of the scientific world. When I moved back to the US after my year in Paris, Dr. Hong and I continued to share ideas and images, and
I continued to construct, with the result of our international collaboration being “The Emotional Rein”.
The final piece is comprised of two sets of 12 14” square panels, each set depicts activity in the two lobes of the brain and the habenula, which has been triggered by ingestion of nicotine. I used imagery from Dr Hong’s research using brain images of transgenic fish that allow for clear visualization of neuronal activity.