Exhibited at Queensland College of Art (QCA) Project Gallery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia on May 6 - 30, 2015.
In this unfolding is a culmination of several years of experimentation at the bench in the artist’s studio and the scientific laboratory. In particular this work has been greatly influenced by neuroscience imaging research undertaken at the Queensland Brain Institute.
The exhibition explores the philosophical concept of ‘coming out of the world’ as opposed to ‘coming into the world’. Mirrored forms from the micro to macro are used to convey the repetition of this story across scale and time while neural forms illustrate the changing states of consciousness from birth to death. This visualisation of human neural development, both biological and metaphysical, was achieved through forming and casting gold, sterling silver and bronze into filigrees that resemble organic structures. Gold vermeil and oxidised patinas were used to create finishes of widely varying hues with sapphires, rubies and topaz set into the work to suggest the visceral qualities of brain activity.
The collection concludes by exploring ideas of transcendent form expressed through the exploration of a unique neural structure, the ellipsoid body. These final works link to personal experiences in meditation, experiences which originally seeded the desire to understand consciousness through the study of neuroscience.
The 116-piece exhibition was made possible through the support of Flying Arts Alliance and Griffith University who supported this exhibition through the Exhibition Development Program Award.
Special thanks also goes to Perry Bartlett, director of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), and research heads Jürgen Götz, Linda Richards and Bruno Van Swinderen who graciously gave permission for me to share neuroscience imaging often inaccessible to the public. Similarly, the works on display would not have been possible without the generosity of those who supported my Kickstarter campaign and together raised close to $4,000 for materials related to the production of these pieces.
Some of the profits from the exhibition allowed me to make donation of $1,700 to support those with Motor Neuron Disease through the MND and Me Foundation.
Dendrite Rings in rose gold with diamond, white sapphire, ruby, emerald and black pearl, 2015 to 2016
Surfacing rings were designed to represent the spreading of a vesicle onto the outer membrane of a neuron, much like a bubble rising to meet the surface of a lake. The centre of these rings are textured in a way that tension might exist on the surface of a cell, taught, pulled in many directions and rippled in motion. To hint at other vesicles rising but yet to spread I set smaller stones into the bands, or in some cases emerging next the larger central stones.
Purkinje rings, sterling silver, faceted moonstone, 2015