China Blue’s series of paintings explore how we connect and hold on to our life experiences. Our recollections occur in fragments that arrive as flashes detached from time. Because memory is transient, “Memory Network” paintings propose a network as a method to connect and save our experiences.
Based on the voids created by Alzheimer’s, the artist fills the empty spaces with aluminum-based paint, designing shiny globules and connects them to make stunning examples of one way to hold onto our thoughts and experiences. Modeled after neural nets by linking them and preserving them in beautiful figurative abstract images, China Blue is proposing a way to safeguard our recollections.
Albert Medical School, Providence, RI
March 4 – July 25, 2016
“Creativity of Consciousness”
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
March 17-April 29, 2017
Memory Network VI, Triptych
Each panel 22×28″
Edge of Forgotten (Ocular Research)
Edge of Forgotten is a series of paintings which are inspired by current research done on the veins in eyes by the neuroscientist I am working with, Dr. Peter Snyder.
Dr. Snyder’s work looks for early identifiers of disease that might be found in the eye. Because the eye is directly connected to the brain the eyes provide a window if you will into what might later affect the brain. There he looks for indicators of disease by looking at the small veins (capillaries) in the eyes. What fascinates me is that this maze of capillaries, form a pattern which is unique to each person. I find this fascinating because although there are so many different ocular vein designs in the world 7.5 billion to date, that a single predictor of a disease might be uncovered that would apply to everyone. Another way of putting it is that coherence might be found in individuality.