The six pieces in the Memory series have emerged from previous ones in the Emergence series. These pieces have significant changes in their coloration, intensity, and lustre. These modifications correspond to changes in our own memories as we recall them. Whenever we remember past events, current events modify them, such that subsequently we recollect them differently. Our memories continuously change as they are remembered. A similar process has taken place in the Memory series.
In these pieces my own MRI brain scan images and electroencephalogram (EEG, brain wave) tracings are incorporated. The scans and tracings appear in multiple locations in each art work—very subtly present and difficult to find, but discoverable. These art works have emerged from my own brain’s structural organization, from my own brain’s electrical activity.
The Memory series was printed using pigmented inks on canvas and is of museum quality. The state of the art, EFI VUTEk GS3200 super-wide, high definition printer was used for these pieces. This series was created and printed in 2011. Each of the six pieces is 5 feet x 12 feet in size.
A notable effect is the visible 3-dimensional canvas surface. When looking at the art works at a sharp angle, the neuronal profiles protrude outwardly. The appearance is similar to that of veins on your hand. This 3-dimensional surface gives the art pieces a palpable, living, neurologic quality. Photographs of this effect are in the composite image.
Four pieces from this series were shown during the Mindscapes exhibit, Beverly Art Center, 2407 W. 111 Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60655, February 11 through March 20, 2011.
These four exhibited pieces have intrinsic Canadian roots (the pieces that are primarily red, purple, blue and green). In each case the underlying photographs were of outdoor installations that I had created in the Canadian high arctic: Great Slave Lake (Northwest Territories), Cornwallis Island, Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island, and Gris Fiord on Ellesmere Island (all three located in Nunavut).