Double majoring in Biology and Visual Art Studies has challenged me and further cultivated my interest in both fields. These fields connect more than people realize and can work together to better explore and express the human experience. “Visceral Reactions”, my exhibition, intertwines my passion for art and biology, and exposes their interconnectedness while highlighting the innate connection human beings have with nature.
My work is inspired by the complexity of the human body- a work of art that allows us to feel, think, create and express our emotions in ways no other animal is capable of doing. In my art, I explore the wonder that is the human body by tying anatomy to emotions. In three large, mixed media paintings, each organ represents a specific emotion experienced by a figure. The heart represents calm passion. The lungs are linked to anxiety and stress. The stomach connects to nervousness. The figures are from my imagination. Their features are a mixture from anonymous reference photos. They are complete strangers to both you and to me- what matters is that we recognize others as humans who are filled with emotions. The eyes call for self-reflection and a chance to consider the perspective of others. The brain, the control center of the body, and the way we think influences how we feel. A closed mind set is a cage that makes biology and art seem like two completely different subjects that never interact. Opening that cage allows the mind and creativity to flourish.
|Work Title||Visceral Reactions|
|License||CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)|
|Publication Date||April 7, 2021|
|Deposited||April 06, 2021|
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