Memories of El Monte Public Art Fountain, 2018

Central Sensitization, 2020
wood, steel, twine

12 feet tall, dimensions otherwise variable

site-specific installation at private residence in Los Angeles, CA

Central sensitization is the condition of the nervous system associated with the development and maintenance of chronic pain. When central sensitization occurs, the nervous system goes through a process called wind-up and gets regulated in a persistent state of high reactivity. I see what the world is experiencing right now as such a thing. An individual experiencing this must learn to work with the brain to talk to the pain receptor cells to find ways to calm them down. May art be that calming down for the world.

The work is part of a beautiful county-wide project by Durden and Ray, a gallery here in Los Angeles, that invited 100 artists to put work outside where people could see it during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020. Because creative practice really is the connection, and the healer, when we have nothing else. If we are connected, we are alive in each others eyes. I see you. You see me. We matter to each other.