memory and mapping the mind

mapping IV, galleryjuana
Mapping IV, 8 x 10, by Juana Almaguer

Forward, not permanent, 
sweet, not lasting,
The perfume and suppliance of a minute;
No more.
Shakespeare, Hamlet

This week I finished Mapping IV for my series of female portraits exploring the connection between the physical world and the mind's reality.

This one focuses on memory. I drew the hippocampus, amygdala as well as a neuron with its cell, axons, dendrites and terminal buttons. I monoprinted a leaf and drew a cross-section of galvanized wire rope and added dripped watercolors.

I added a knot that I puzzled together out of pieces of paper and collaged that onto the drawing. Trying to match the knot diagram and pieces of paper was definitely an exercise of my working memory. I have always wanted to be able to make various knots. I remember how my mother loved making all sorts of knots. I think she'd be proud of this paper knot:)

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