Following my “Stages of Grief” series, I have set out to create a piece to represent the very first stage – DENIAL. While in my earlier pieces I did my best to stay true to scientific form, here I have come to border abstraction. This piece turns the biology on its head, showing the outline of a cell as an empty black space surrounded by three dimensional structures between the cell dendrites. It represents the emptiness we feel after losing what was dear to us, yet trying to hold on to its image, here shown as the cell outline. Red is one of the 3 traditional colors used in microscopy and it symbolizes the tragic surrounding conditions that result in losing the sense of self.
This little guy (9″ x 9″) took me a few months to complete. You would think that it looks pretty simple, especially given the fact that it is all done in one color. But if you take a closer look, each component is completely 3-dimensional. Not only were they challenging to complete, sewing them evenly to the fabric presented its own problems. Here are some close up images, which will allow you to appreciate its structural complexity.
I have also recently completed a complementary piece called “The Mind” that represents the time when we are finally able to fill the void. More to come on that soon!
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