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“Blue Brains,” indigo-dyed silk, 7’ x 9’, 2016

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Detail of “Blue Brains,” indigo-dyed silk, 7’ x 9’, 2016

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"Decolonize Your Mind", indigo-dyed silk, 7’ x 6’, 2016

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Detail of "Decolonize Your Mind", indigo-dyed silk, 7’ x 6’, 2016

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"Sweet Dreams,” etching, 14” x 17”, 2015

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"Sweet Dreams" variation, etching, 14” x 17”, 2015

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“The Sleep of Reason II,” etching and aquatint on German copperplate paper, 24” x 36”, 2017

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“The Sleep of Reason, intaglio, 12” x 17”, 2017

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"Prophecy", acrylic on wood panel, 13" x 11", 2016

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"Philly Sound," acrylic on wood panel, 12" x 13", 2016

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"Einstein's Lobes," acrylic on wood panel, 12" x 12", 2016

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"Einstein's Lobes variation", acrylic and indigo dye, 11.5" x 12", 2016

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"Brainscape I", indigo and acrylic, 13" x 14", 2016

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"Brainscape II", indigo and acrylic, 13" x 14", 2016

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"Brainscape III", indigo and acrylic, 13" x 14", 2016

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"Brainscape IV", indigo and acrylic, 13" x 14", 2016

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"Icon", acrylic and indigo dye, 11.5" x 12", 2016

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"Night Brain," acrylic and indigo, 24" x 18", 2016

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Detail of "Night Brain," acrylic and indigo, 24" x 18", 2016

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"Water on the Brain, acrylic on wood panel, " 13" x 11", 2016

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"Multiple Intelligences," acrylic on wood panel, 13" x 11", 2016

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Detail of "Multiple Intelligences," acrylic on wood panel, 13" x 11", 2016

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"Mutuality," silkscreen 36" x 24", 2016

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"Albert Einstein", lasercut wood, 11" x 12", 2015

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"Self and Other," acrylic on wood panel, 2016

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"Vanitas," textile and acrylic, 14" oval, 2008

My brain series incorporates renderings of the brain of Nobel Laureate and physicist Albert Einstein, historic engravings, and MRI imaging to investigate anatomical relationships to consciousness, conscience, and intelligence. In my “Einstein Series,” I investigate the anatomical uniqueness of the scientist’s brain, which some scientists argue can explain his visionary theories of physics, as in his Theory of Relativity. I collaborated with cognitive neuroscientist Tony Brown, PhD, M.D. of the Global Neuroscience Foundation who supplied me with photographs of Einstein’s brain. These photographs, maintained at the United States Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, served as the basis for my hand-drawn brains which were used as a template to lasercut the images into wood. I point out specific locations in the human brain that scientists have identified as the neural networks related to spirituality and visions.


Eyes have been a recurrent theme in my work. Most recently, I have taken inspiration from Odilon Redon’s mysterious images of eyes and also used family photos of the eyes of people I love, such as my son’s beautiful green eyes. I also think about the eye as an important symbol throughout many cultures and religions. I wanted to combine eyes into a mandala, a geometric design that holds much symbolism in Hindu and Buddhist cultures and is often used for meditation. The eye has been called the window to the soul, and it is the only part of another person’s brain that you can see. In an era of fleeting digital images and fake information, the eyes are one of the few places that we can still search for truth in another person's psyche.

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