Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Trees I See, Breast Cancer & The Human Brain

“How can a three-pound mass of jelly 
that you can hold in your palm 
imagine angels, 
contemplate the meaning of infinity, 
and even question its own place in the cosmos?

Especially awe inspiring is the fact that any single brain, 
including yours, 
is made up of atoms that were forged in the hearts of countless, 
far-flung stars billions of years ago. 

These particles drifted for eons and light-years 
until gravity and change brought them together here, 

These atoms now form a conglomerate
- your brain- 
that can not only ponder the very stars that gave it birth 
but can also think about its own ability to think 
and wonder 
about its own ability to wonder. 

With the arrival of humans, 
it has been said, 
the universe has suddenly become 
conscious of itself. 

This, truly, it the greatest mystery of all.” 

― V.S. Ramachandran, 
The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human  
I'm in the infant stages of starting a fresh body of work.

The recipe:
breast cancer and the human brain

The ingredients:
my photography, encaustic medium, rusted wire, inks, oil paints
and the female figure