I began making small black and white drawings that relate to systems of intrusions after my mother died of Early Onset Alzheimers. I witnessed her forget how to use common words, how to tie her shoes or use a phone, and eventually, how to eat. Drawing on concepts of gaps in memory as much as on memory itself, I made the series Quiet Mind. Looking to specific objects for a point of visual departure, I drew imagery that speaks to everyday architectural elements and ordinary utensils - things most of us see every day but that my mother could no longer name or figure out how to use. The installation consists of 35 5½ panels, each one invaded by tendril-like lines and cellular shapes that are reminiscent of the amyloidal plaques and tangles that are often found in the brains of Alzheimers patients.
Internal/External is a series of small black and white drawings. Here, environments collide and one system appears to attack another, but it isnt clear which system is the invader and which one is being attacked. Under a screen of simultaneous chaos and order, both systems vie to survive.