"Myrllen: A Portrait" is a delicately constructed sculpture of a head composed with layers of linen, lace, and found embroidery, coated in wax. Images of slices of the brain exist on each of the layers of fabric within, highlighted by varying amounts of barium, which was painted on each layer. When the fabric head was CT-scanned and the data was read by Osirix software, the layers of fabric appear as animation stills that depict a fly-though view of the brain superimposed by images of falling flowers, flying birds, and other details gleaned from embroidered pillow cases, towels, and quilts. An image of a falling woman holding a crutch punctuates the intricate lace patterns and the homey images of flowers and birds. These images suggest momentary thoughts that flicker through the mind. The intensive work of creating the sculpture from hundreds of layers parallels the embroidery of Myrllen, a schizophrenic woman who was admitted to a hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1948. In the animation, the fleeting image of the woman holding a crutch is copied from Myrllen’s embroidery.
– Text by Melissa Bennett, AGH Curator of Contemporary Art
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