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The chiropractor begins by holding the neck in his hands to navigate the work he will do- the neck is known as the “atlas” to the body. I became curious about the meridians and pathways in our bodies, and that not only the neck but also the hands, ears and feet can become interfaces to the rest of the body’s systems. We gesture with our hands when we speak. I also found my hands falling into certain poses while lost in thought I became curious- does this position have a certain meaning or benefit.
In this new installation I have been working with “Mudras,” Indian hand gestures, and thinking about the gallery space as a metaphor for the physical body. According to ancient esoteric Buddhist thought, our bodies contain 72,000 nadis, spinning tubes of energy, which I’ve attempted to express through a variety of markers and structures in the space. For example, I use pins to create the feeling of a presence of energy, mapping pathways throughout the gallery. On the walls, I’ve focused on a set of prayer mudras for the heart, which are used in meditation to “seal” a particular energy. Here, I use the silhouette of each specific mudra in various scales of digitally cut colored adhesive vinyl repeated and adhered directly to the gallery walls, working with a different singular form on each wall to build larger energetic compositions, allowing the viewer the chance to wonder about the delicate power of their own hands and beings.