Brainstorm

2017

30″ W x 24″ H

Acrylic on canvas. Framed.

This piece represents our adopting new ways of thinking and living, by depicting the physiological process of synaptic transmission which is how one neuron communicates vital information to another through the release of signaling molecules called, neurotransmitters.

 

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About the Neuron Series

This body of work began as visual prayers for our daughter with a rare genetic disorder. In my seeking to understand her physical condition and come to terms with the reality presented, I was drawn into the study of neurons and neuro-genesis. I grew intrigued by the beautiful complexity of the human mind and its ability to re-circuit itself around inflicted damage by creating new pathways. So much potential, transformative power and hope resides in these miniscule neurons working in the deepest recesses of our being.

Through creating on my daughter’s behalf, I came to realize that not only I, but all of us, have parts of our minds untapped and/or in desperate need of restoration. Vital to the transformation process is adopting new ways of thinking and living, much like a songbird which has been proven to possess the unique ability of regenerating neural pathways when learning new seasonal songs.

Renewing our minds can begin by heeding the encouragement to take every thought captive. We have the power to reclaim our thought life by practicing the simple, yet profound, discipline of being aware of even the smallest of notions and its influence to either lead us down a pathway of chaos and despair or life-giving peace and hope.

Interested in hearing more about my journey with the neuron series? Then check out this written interview featured in the online magazine, Voyage ATL.