Encephalograms Read about project
digital drawings, dimensions variable
“Encephalograms” are the tracings of a nonexistent machine whose freeze-frame technology captures the brainwaves produced by emotions. The machine draws from life. In making them, I considered ideas of attribution and authorship as belonging not to an artist’s hand but to an imagined clinical collaboration between a technician, a machine scribe, and a feeling, imagining subject. Results are entirely fanciful and therefore irrefutable.
Related works-in-progress suggest other kinds of medical imaging like fluoroscopy. If scars are a record of life written into skin, could medical imaging—at first glance gauzy, nebulous—record not physiology, but autobiography? A benevolent machine lens trained into our darkest recesses offers insight and validation, portraiture.