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The drops of floating colors spread out on the water’s surface as if magnified under a microscope lens, echoing the forms of nature. Their organic patterns suggest the nerves and blood and bones of the body’s interior. Transferred to paper, the floating imagery becomes the foundation for overlaid figurative drawing with charcoal, pastel pencil, and oil crayon.
Scoliosis, with its complicated rotational dynamics, is fundamentally visual – all about spatial relationships, asymmetry, and balance. I found myself fascinated by the intricate beauty of the human skeleton. Anatomy-based movement practices made me feel more whole and three-dimensional, and brought me into closer connection to my inner body. Drawing myself, I could work from the inside out, tuning in to sensory and kinesthetic perceptions and finding beauty in a curving spine.
I ground my work in the real, drawing from bones and cadaver dissections in the Anatomy Lab at NYU School of Medicine, where I’m Artist in Residence, and from cutting-edge 3D radiology images of my own body, made for my use as an artist. I work to evoke the textures of real flesh and bone: a sensual take on anatomy, a reclaiming of the inner landscape.
Asymmetry at my body’s core brings the need for a subtle effort of balancing, which keeps me engaged with the workings of my bones and muscles, nerves and senses. In anatomical terms, this is the realm of proprioception: the network of inner body signals and self-sensors through which the body monitors its relationships with space, time, gravity, and all that is other. That conscious inhabiting of my body is at the core of my art.
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