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Please note that my website is woefully out-of-date because I have begun a brand new body of work! This image, my artist's statement and resume are the only current (2019) items here. Please visit my Instagram page (@ceramicannie) or facebook.com/ceramicannie to see new work and enjoy my older work here on this site.
Artist's Statement. 2019
In 2016 my son was born with a rare brain malformation of the right hemisphere that caused him to experience dangerous, intractable epilepsy. The only solution was a dramatic brain surgery in which the entire affected hemisphere was disconnected from the healthy left side. This traumatic experience changed me so much more than a typical path into motherhood would have. I became stronger, more resilient, and a more fearless advocate for many things that I am passionate about, disability advocacy new among them. My perception of threats (real and perceived), the passage of time and the importance of community have been expanded.
This experience with my son also introduced a new visual vocabulary into my work, which for the last 15 years, has explored humankind’s broken relationship with nature. In the last two years, this experience with my son has caused me to become fascinated by neuronal cellular forms and neuroplasticity. What began as catharsis has now provided a new vein of exploration into our dysfunctional/disconnected relationship between humans and nature.
Our bodies mirror nature in undeniable ways. Vascular and respiratory systems, neurons and their synapses, all enable communication and move sustenance through our bodies, not unlike the roots and branches of a tree. Like the vast network of mycelium fibers that allow ecosystems of trees to communicate, the dendrites of our brain cells pulse the electrical signals that control our every movement. Yet, our society has created an artificial construct that enables us to see ourselves as separate from nature. This allows us to enact our “right” to control and conquer whatever resources we “need” or desire. To represent this disconnect, my neurons are malformed, diseased and deteriorating, their connections weakened by abnormal impulses; a sybolic dissonance caused by a detachment from their origins. The neuron somas contain wasps nests which are meant to represent the incubation of somthing dangerous. In the future I will include lights with in the work that will be programmed to react to the presence of people in the gallery.