My work involves the intersection of art and science. I use neuroimaging technologies to display parts of the brain that are rarely seen outside of the medical and scientific community. My works consists of a series of initmate portraits based on magnetic resonance images (MRIs) and other digital scans, exploring the wonder and complexity of the brain.
This quest to understand the brain began in 1991, when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This disease ended my career as a public interest lawyer, but to my amazement, allowed me to discover myself as an artist who is able to offer my art to the general public as well as the scientific, medical, and disabled community.
Neurologists diagnose and track the progression of MS through MRIs of the brain. My diagnosis initiated a fascination with these eerie images, which I found frightening, yet mesmerizing. I felt a strong urge to reinterpret my brain scans--to use them in my art to explore the wonder and beauty of all brains, including those with disease. I further realized I wanted my images to create an artist's view of medical imaging technology--one that is accessible to those who view these revealing pictures as either subject, doctor, or scientist, yet also captures the feelings and emotions evoked by MRIs and related medical images.
My life with MS includes being constantly confronted with scans of my changing brain. Because of this, I am familar with the vulnerablity that is associated with having scans of my naked brain--being exposed from the inside out. Though my art, I share the insights I have gained by witnessing brain imaging with the scientific community and the general public.
My artwork forms a new kind of visual imagery, one that interprets a structure where creativity, personality and selfhood reside alongside disease--reminding viewers that this grey tissue and the body that shelters it represent far more than illness and human imperfection.
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