My work is informed by neuroplasticity - the brain’s ability to transform by changing it’s neural pathways by reacting to situations and experiences. This capacity enables development throughout life and encompasses many aspects of change from recovery from injury to haptic feedback - development brought about through working with the hands.
In my work this theory is metaphorically linked to the internal change caused by growth happening within a tree. This growth starts internally, the resulting expansion pushing out the hard exterior of the bark creating cracks. These cracks can often be misinterpreted as damage but are visual evidence of growth and development. It is this unseen link of transformation within the brain and the visual qualities of the tree bark that have captured my imagination.