The Neuron Series

Hi everyone. Sorry I’ve been quiet lately and haven’t responded to comments yet, but a couple of weeks ago I had a severe mental breakdown related to my depression/anxiety/trauma issues, bad enough that I almost had to be hospitalized, so all I’ve really been doing since then is adjusting to new medication (It’s a non-SSRI antidepressant since I figured out a few years ago that SSRIs make my symptoms significantly worse, which is why I’ve stayed away from meds for the last several years) and just generally giving myself time to relax and let myself be calm and focus on getting stable and healthier.

Anyway, I haven’t felt very inspired during the last few weeks but I did start playing around with overlays. I took a basic line drawing of a tree and turned it into a multicolored pattern in photoshop, then put various pictures over the top of it with a double exposure app I have in my phone and got some nice results. A friend of mine who’s a neuroscientist said the patterns of branches look like neural connections, and so the Neuron Series was born.

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The Circle Is Complete

There’s no way to really explain the feelings to someone who has not been to Burning Man, but missing the night of our burn was the hardest part of not being able to go to the desert this year. Burning your art is a cleansing event, and sad, and so many other feelings. it’s almost sacred in ways you just have to experience for yourself.

Our crew is finally back in town and our friend Chris, who has helped us and so many projects in so many priceless ways, uploaded this video of the burn, and I’m overflowing with emotion. I have helped on projects before, but this was the first time I helped lead and create, and saying goodbye to it is a most bittersweet feeling. I can’t wait for the next project 🙂

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/138781203″>Sept 3, 2015: Zooplankton Burn 4x Speed</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user6593563″>Chris Schneider</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>