ABOUT THE ARTIST
BIENNALE OF SYDNEY 2004
I WAS SCARED TO DEATH /
I COULD HAVE DIED OF JOY (2000)
Artist Statement, continued
... electromagnetic fields, thinking that is located somewhere
between metaphor and physics.
It was clear to me that I should work with another part of the
body after the hearts that were central to Charged Hearts.
Like the heart, the brain fires, and it is another part of the
human anatomy that is known to work electromagnetically. Since
all this seemed so obvious, I resisted. However, observing what
seemed to be a renewed general interest in ways to map emotion in
areas as far flung as adult toys and neuroscience, I became more
engaged with the brain as an electromagnetic terrain. Simultaneously,
my work on Method and Apparatus for Finding Love 2000 drew me deeper
into considering the notion of modeling emotion and, finally, I gave
in. It was the slippage between physiology and emotion which fascinated
me. As it turns out, the brain is now under study for its relation to
emotion, and emotions can be 'seen' in the patterns of the brain's
firing. I was scared to death / I could have died of joy - the
title of this work - might suggest an ecstasy of emptiness, or a
simultaneous seduction between two extremes, rapture and fear.