Sparks of Life
19.5″ W x 16.75″ H
Mixed media in resin on wood. Framed.
In the midst of my research on neuro-genesis, I came across a most interesting scientific discovery of the songbird’s brain, specifically the canary, which has been proven to possess the unique ability to regenerate neural pathways when learning new seasonal songs. The songbird then became a symbol of hope in my work and began emerging among the neurons. This painting is a visual encouragement for us to continue in hope, even through season’s of hardship, because our brain’s have the capability to spark new life and create neural pathways which can miraculously recircuit around areas of damage.
This is one of the initial pieces of the Neuron Series.
Limited Edition Giclée
16.25″ x 14″ image on 20″ x 16″ paper
Print run of 200
Each print titled, numbered and signed by Geinene.
Varnished, printed with archival ink on archival paper.
About the Neuron Series
This body of work began as visual prayers for our daughter with a rare genetic disorder, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome. 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.