Here I have formed a pathway through the human cerebellum of the brain. Not a physical replica of what an actual cerebellum looks like, but a metaphor for what it is. The cerebellum control’s human perception of reality as well as several motor functions. I manipulated cardboard to form two black walls that align tightly together. I chose cardboard to give a sense of malleability… how easy the mind can be shaped and formed. The outside of the piece was left bare to accentuate this material and concentrate the importance of the piece on the inside. The walls are connected by another piece of cardboard, which all together forms a very cramped crawlspace, meant to be the brain stem.
As the audience enters this impossibly narrow and dark abyss they sink into tones of grey then white (entering the cerebellum). The space becomes wider opened and bright with colored lights. The roof no longer condemns you to the interior of the installation; your mind is free to wander. This is the transition from a closed mind into an open mind. The installation is a metaphor for human perception. When a person’s perception is narrow they are isolated from the people of the world at large. To uphold such closed perception sends a person into a downward spiral of reality, eventually turning into a rut. If a person’s perception is completely open and uninhibited by walls and roofs, they are free to experience the gifts of existence and reality.
San Francisco Art Institute
23 September 2011
Dark and Narrow then Open and Dreaming