I became interested in the scientific search for relations between mind and body, having learned that the influence is reciprocal.
For the framework, I chose the biblical concept of the seven deadly sins. This refers the work to traditional moral codes, which prescribe the correct thoughts and behaviours, and in turn order both mind and body.
Domesticity is a common theme in my work. The project interprets subjects belonging to scientific inquiry, which I wanted to contrast with a traditional needlework form: a stitched sampler.
Human emotions are the topic approached both by science and ethics expressed in proverbs. Folk morality is straightforward and timeless. It presents its truths with conviction.
Scientific truths, however, are discovered by adhering to strict methods and are valid only until disproven.
In the work, the form of a sampler and the content of proverbs symbolise the sources and limits of understanding and interpretation. They lie in opposition to structures representing knowledge. I interweave these three to represent a conflict of discording ways of making sense of the word available in contemporary culture.
Most images in the series show real molecules associated by research in some way with particular mental states but in case of greed and envy fantasy took the upper hand. Working within a visual language of chemical structures I exploited the analogy of “visual language” and treated structural drawings as words of this language. Then I borrowed a Dadaist method of composing a poem and randomly pulled cut pieces out of a hat to make up the missing, non-existing ones.
Envy (Dada poem)
Greed (Dada poem) coming soon
Sloth (serotonin, dopamine)