As I awoke one morning, I observed a macro perspective of the wrinkled sheets on my bed as a topographic scape. This was the genesis of a project that has spanned nine years and examines sleep and its relationship to the enduring question: what does it mean to be a human being?
While sleeping, the brain is active restoring and forming long term memory. I developed a series of 30 drawings titled Day Scraps (after Freud) that explores imagined thought patterns and cognitive functions during sleep.
In an average life span of 75 years, human beings sleep for 25 years. With one third of a life span given to sleep, I am interested in universal questions about sleep and its significance in understanding what it means to be human.
A found rock and a piece of chewing gum
30 X 22 in., graphite on paper, 2020
This is a life-size topographic map of a bed I slept on, created in collaboration with Chris Mixon using ARC-GIS, a geospatial information system. Over 2,700 measurements of the wrinkled bed sheet were taken by hand to create the data for the topographic map.