Rods and Screws, 2006; 36" x 36", Epson 9600 print on paper
I have endured two life saving surgeries to stop the progress of a curvature of my spine caused by a disease, known as Scheurmans Kyphosis, that had begun to crush my internal organs. After the first surgery, with two titanium rods and over 30 screws to address the curvature, I faced a rare complication where my head began dislodging from my spine. As I lay for months on a bone growth machine sending bursts of energy to my spine to stimulate healing, I became aware of the molecular and biological processes going on in my body. My muscles, tendons and nerves that had been severed were reconnecting, finding new pathways. Bone was growing and hardening. These digital paintings are meditations of this awareness and are inspired by the mindfulness of my body, my pain and my limitations. Living with insidious pain and unable to do my architecture, this creative process helps me strip away the external to reveal the internal and moves me to a place of expansion where pain does not live.
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