PROBLEM Before graduating in December 2011, I had to research and design a show that informed and educated the audience on a topic of choice. The final piece was on display in the Grunwald Art Gallery in the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University.
ARTIST STATEMENT What is creativity? How does it happen? Can we define the personality traits of creative individuals? How does creativity unfold across the human life span? What are the cognitive processes that occur in the brain? The act of creativity and bringing something new and novel into existence, whether it is a piece of art, a song, or a scientific theory, naturally brings onlookers and much attention. Fascinated by this phenomenon for centuries, scientists have looked to find what it is that makes some individuals more prone to create than others, only to be left frustrated and without answers. Until recently, with the advancements in brain imaging technology, research has begun to unveil the mystery behind this complex mental phenomenon.
The Creative Complex is an exploration of what it means to be creative and attempts to answer the questions that researches have questioned for centuries. Each panel explores various research topics – daydreaming, insight, play and humor, personality traits, creativity across the life span, sleep, stress and creativity, and right brain vs. left brain hemisphere differences.
Insight brain scan and ink blot imagery were all handmade using ink, tusche, and watercolor.