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The World To See

Mixed Media, 2011

For the MAAF show “Incomplete Sense”, curated by Thomas McCue:
This exhibition sets out to explore the spectrum of sensory input, and the impact is has on our understanding of reality.  More specifically, how does the impairment, interference, or misunderstanding of a stream of sensory information affect a person’s understanding of the world?  Perception, cognition, and consciousness are intrinsically linked. The extent to which this experience is unique to the individual is profound, and often a matter of perceptual capability, disability, or state of mind.

About this work: “The branding of a society has extended far beyond consumerism, invading into our realm of identity & our reality. We are taught as young children to identify shape and color, as not only a cognitive tool, but as a developmental need for survival. Corporations rely on this ability to make their products part of our automated recognition, and we do so as part of a collective consciousness. The brand is to hold the same perceptions for all of us- to invoke the same universal feelings, smells, sounds, visions. But how do we limit this input, this invasion into our consciousness; how do we “unlearn” what we are programmed to recognize? ”

I’d like to one day install this piece on a greater scale in an larger “garden”- either inside a gallery in a living environment that grows with the exhibit, or temporarily outside in an actual green space.


One Comment

  1. Michelle! I love the premise of the work. The pieces are beautiful!
    Much love

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