The NeuroWillow Tree
at 4Culture in Seattle, WA until Jan 31st as a part of Shine On Seattle put on by Lusio Light
A whimsical peek inside the neural networks of our brains- there is a constellation of neurons firing, sending electrical signals to experience, think, and feel. While the entanglement and intricacy of the Neurowillow mirrors the roots and branches of a tree, it also focuses on the knots and tangles that disrupt the flow of these electrical signals. There is wonderment, splendor, and mystery with a Weeping Willow but there is still pain, disarray and confusion in this installation, inspired by my experience with chronic migraines, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and mental illness. The willow tree constantly adapts and heals, just like we do with neuroplasticity- we will always be responding to sensations, in a symbiotic relationship with the world in and around us as beings made of stardust. Illness and pain are parasitic but this installation highlights the awe inspired by the constant resilience of life.
-within the trees-
Lusio Light Festival 2021
A visual constellation relating the brain’s complex neural networks to the unknowns of space. This light art installation is made from copper and is installed directly into a tree on the orchard at the Mary Olson Farm, Seattle, WA for the Lusio Light Festival August 2021.
At the Alberta Abbey
This installation envisions complex migraines, the breakdown in transmission and communication and how they feel with knots, confusion and the cosmic force that it takes to deal with such a complex, painful condition. This work represents the elusive neurological processes including neurons and neurotransmitters and the (lack of) scientific knowledge about migraines. So much is unknown about why migraines happen so this installation is how I understand and visualize my own experience with chronic migraines, attempting to wade through the tangled web of pain, dysfunction, vibrations and -spaceiness-.
Portland Winter Light Festival 2021
Hotel Eastlund Wine Bar
This installation is part of the Neural Nebulous series, a site-specific installation that visualizes our brain’s neurology and related it to the unknowns of space, sharing how the artist imagines these vast networks of neurotransmitters, neurons, dendrites, and more that compose our brains. This installation envisions complex migraines, the breakdown in transmission and communication and how they feel with knots and confusion, and the cosmic force that it takes to deal with such a painful, complicated experience.