Project: Imminent Perception   Role: Illustrator/Artist   Note: Imminent Perception is a collection of ink and watercolor paintings. Vision and image recall are messy, unavoidable, individual and ever changing. This body of work explores what we see and how we see it, as well as the transformation imagery takes in the brain - bringing awareness to an act of the brain and nervous system that we complete seemingly effortlessly. Because expectation, experience and interest all influence perception, it is unlikely that individuals "see" objects, events, images, etc. in the same way. Input via the retina is only the first step in visual understanding - we then have to take that data and filter it through our own baggage, our individual likes, fears, former knowledge, experiences and so forth. In that sense, all visual input, even say a toaster, becomes severely open to interpretation. Incorporating elements of blind contour drawing, removes aspects of the cerebral interference during the transduction of data from the eye to the brain to the hand. As artists, we constantly evaluate and adjust our imagery. By omitting some of this evaluation and adjustment, the act is reduced closer to simply seeing and drawing, to a form of objective transcription, to a greater "truth" in the drawing, and to some sense of objective perception. Exhibited at Albina Press in Portland, Oregon, August through September 2012.   Materials: Watercolor, ink, paper.

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