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After some research I settled on red as the predominant colour. Red breeds life. Observation, conversation with visual experiment along side, eventually lead me into staining red over the painted surface at varying moments to capture some aspect of felt intensity. The pouring over the painting at various stages came from a desire to convey a sense of trapping the whole experience, along with the colour red this idea implies the constant pumping of living tissue, it also implied the ideas of entrapment, burst ear drums, external sound blocked off and lead to ideas of obsession and addiction. A different sense of movement and breath. The paintings are set to convey a new sense of movement which is driven by obsession and addiction.
Forward by Michelle Holland PHD
Hedonic neurocircuitry exists within the brain to encourage engagement with behaviors that promote survival and reproductive success, acting to provide positive reinforcement of feeding, maternal, sexual and other social behaviors. Addiction occurs when this reward system is decoupled from these natural behaviors, usually as a result of repeated exposure to something which activates neurotransmission specifically in these brain areas. The stimulus could take many forms, but the underlying mechanisms are the same. Repeated exposure changes gene expression within specific brain areas, in turn facilitating and strengthening neuronal pathways facilitating a sense of reward associated with exposure to the source of reinforcement. Addiction is differentiated from traditional learning, as once the external stimulus is withdrawn, the new pathways that have been created serve no benefit, resulting in a dysphoric state known as withdrawal.
Note from the Dancer
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