I became interested in the scientific search for relations between mind and body, after learning that not only does the mind influence the body but that it happens vice versa too. This reciprocity fascinated me, so I continued to explore the topic.
For the framework of this project I chose the biblical concept of the seven deadly sins. This refers the work to traditional moral codes, which prescribe the ‘correct’ conduct for thoughts and behaviours, and in turn ‘order’ both mind and body. Domesticity is a common theme in my work and since the project interprets a scientific subject of particular molecules taking part in creating feelings and behaviours I wanted to contrast it with a naïve form, the stitched sampler is therefore my medium.
Human emotions are the topic approached both by scientific enquiry and ethics expressed in proverbs. Folk morality is straightforward and timeless. It presents its truths with conviction, not asking for proof. Scientific truths, however, are discovered by adhering to strict methods, and are valid only until disproven. In the work sampler and proverbs symbolise the sources and limits of knowledge that lies in opposition to what chemical structures signify. I interweave these things to reflect a conflict of discording ways of making sense of the word present at once in my mind.
Most images in the series show real molecules related by research in some way to particular mental states. When I could not find a scientific grounding for greed and envy I relied on fantasy and invented two unreal, Frankenstein molecules. Working within a visual language of chemical structures I exploited the analogy of ‘visual language’ and treated structural drawings as words of this language. Than 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)