BODY ART

An exploration of our inner workings through paint, pencil, and ink.

We are more than what’s visible along the surface of our skin.

Most of us travel through life never truly seeing, understanding and knowing, the part of ourselves that lurks beneath the surface. The truth of our being is never fully clear: not to outside observers, and not to ourselves.

What tools we do have to peer further, into those unexplored corners, those uncharted depths, often come up short. Though our medicine is state of the art, there are still some dark maladies even doctors can’t comprehend.

Heart Monotype

Heart Monotype, 2009: Ghost Print

Spineflower: Acrylic on Canvas, 2010

Spineflower: Acrylic on Canvas, 2010

Anatomical Portrait, Neurons 2

Anatomical Portrait, Neurons 2: Colored Pencil Drawing, 2009

Anatomical Self-Portrait

Anatomical Self-Portrait, Heart: Colored Pencil Drawing, 2009

The Artist and Circulation Painting

Biological structures and the way we symbolically diagram them have always fascinated me.

Medical drawings train us to think of the body in simple, and often inaccurate, terms. There are no blue and red blood vessels — all blood flows red. Our organs are not color-coded. There are no helpful labels to explain what is supposed to go where.

In this series, I explore the part of ourselves that most of us are fortunate never to see with our own eyes: the blood and bones, the brains and guts. And I ask: is this what determines who we really are?

Anatomical Portrait, Neurons 1

Anatomical Portrait, Neurons 1: Colored Pencil Drawing, 2009

Circulation: Acrylic on Canvas, 2009

Circulation: Acrylic on Canvas, 2009

“Circulation” was featured in the Auraria Tri-Campus World AIDS Day Exhibit in 2010.

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