I am intrigued by discovery, exploration, and the human compulsion to quantify and measure, with our obsession with facts and tangibility, with always needing to see and touch. The implications of the formulae and the space between the facts hold just as much importance. Measuring the infinite is an impossible task; are some things meant to remain a mystery? We measure the brain in an attempt to understand the mind; we further research in physics in an attempt to understand the universe.
However, what provides the most fruitful and exciting research is that which is possibly unexplainable. The mind is an infinite source of thought, ideas, and imagination. Can we quantify it with CAT scans and electrodes? The edge of the universe is undetermined, possibly does not exist. Will physics find a formula that tells us the ultimate structure of space and time? Why as humans do we compulsively measure and want answers about systems so vast and endless? Are these endeavors futile? Perhaps the answers are all too apparent, and our human compulsion to make everything complex causes us to overlook the simple and obvious.
Neurons, or nerve cells, are the basic elements that compose our brains. These microscopic cells perform all the functions of our physical brains, and result in our intangible minds. At the fundamental level, cognitive functions can be explained in terms of electrical impulses and chemicals. In actuality, our brains are so superbly complex in their functioning and adaptability, that a complete understanding may be unattainable. The complexity of brain functions and relative simplicity of neurons parallels the complexity of all existence and its underlying structure. Scientists strive to link all existence using measurable data, physics, and geometry.
Through my research in these various systems of science I have begun to investigate the human compulsion of applying empirical data in respective attempts at achieving a comprehensive understanding. I position myself as the scientist, experimenter, and quantifier in my work. At first I allow the work to develop serendipitously, after which I then work in a direct, pragmatic way with the surfaces. In this way I am able to experience the process of science and experimentation visually, and examine its value.