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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
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Department of Art
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My objective for creating this body of work is to explore the complexity and beauty of the human brain. What inspired these works is my research on cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Cognitive psychology involves the study of internal mental processes, while neuroscience deals with nerves and nervous tissue that relate to behavior and learning. Neuroscience is where psychology meets biology. The series of paintings in Resilience, were created with the intent to connect these two fields of study, while charting my exploration and discoveries found linked with science and psychology. The brain and its components are portrayed in an abstract way to show human emotions, while experiencing complex behaviors.
These works illustrate the emotions experienced while personally undergoing a variety of physical, emotional, social and financial transformations. Through these experiences, some traumatic and some exhilarating, my resilience surpassed. My art transcends to others because it is relevant on an emotional level. The ability to over setbacks is a part of life that everyone can relate to.
Through these labor intensive works I express not only the resilience of the human mind, but the vulnerabilities and beauty of it as well. It is my desire to create dialogue about the emotional and psychological issues many humans face today. I feel the more we discover about the brain and how it works the better we will understand these various concerns.
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