a commission for the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina with Nelson Smith
Thirty-feet long mixed media work in three sections, 2018
Pulse evokes the cycle of twenty-four hours in a day moving around an east to west curved wall, with the center panel conceived as a gift of extra hours, a place to dream outside of time. Old sewing patterns donated by community members were used to create layered “skins” suggesting the architecture of the body, collective roots and shared creative maker’s spirit in the work. The painted panels include rootedness and healing as central concepts, with imagery derived from science and medicine. Original schematics for healing and EKG horizon line continuous across all panels joins underground (body) and sky (mind). The diversity of the panels suggests individual identities within a community, even as they share common attributes.