My brain concentration, Cortex was inspired by the primary motor cortex, which essentially stimulates your “muscle memory.” Instantly, I applied this to the memory of dancing for 11 years and performing with vigorous muscle memory. While constantly performing, remembering the actual dance is a side note. Rather, a concentration on the technique, emotion, and timing of it all, is what floods my brain. In my part one piece, Tessellate I originally applied this strong sense of motion with a black and white dancer (graphite) with a strong aura of impactful energy (watercolor), and essentially illuminates my pride of dancing with unique shapes, and strong facial emotions.
To further enhance this strong movement, I recollected my myriad of memories from dance and concentrated specifically on the performance solely. Therefore, in my second piece, Adrenaline (watercolor) interprets how the adrenaline feels on stage. More specifically, how I felt on my last dance that I performed in 2013. On stage has been my only interaction with adrenaline, and quite honestly I miss the emotional wreckage that slave-drove my muscles to perform at a higher quality. Thus, I wanted this intensity to translate with chaotic pattern, rhythm, movement, and bright color, yet with slight transparency because only I feel this rush.
To adhere with this series of art, I engaged in this physical memory with photography. Black and white was not only chosen to compliment the original dancer, but also to admire the glossy past with, Transparent Dreams. Casually, the blurred motion appears as if the dancer is just a whisper, the photograph still captures the motion and strength I once remembered. Similar to Tessellate, the farther the space away from the dancer, the more ambiguous and dark the “dream” becomes. Also capturing the blurred motion of a fading memory of dance is Cascade, a delicate yet disturbed piece towards the past. Like muscle memory, one minute the recollection is pure (with practice, and a revival of the senses), but mostly it becomes forgetful, and thus we therefore have to re-train what once was habit.
This collection, Cortex heavily stimulates motion, rhythm, and eccentric energy through the impulsive colors of black, white, green, and yellow, with a cohesive stance towards the dedication of recalling memories, but also freely comes with bliss in the end.