Memory Networks
Paintings by China Blue
Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute Artist-in-Residence, Rhode Island Hospital

March 4 – April 15, 2016

Opening Reception
Friday, March 4, 2016
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Alpert Medical School
First-floor Atrium
222 Richmond Street
Providence, RI 02903

Presented in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week, March 12 -19

Please RSVP to [email protected].

About the Works

China Blue’s series of paintings explore how we connect and hold on to our life experiences. Our recollections occur in fragments that arrive as flashes detached from time. Because memory is transient, “Memory Network” paintings propose a network as a method to connect and save our experiences.

Based on the voids created by Alzheimer’s, the artist fills the empty spaces with aluminum-based paint, designing shiny globules and connects them to make stunning examples of one way to hold onto our thoughts and experiences.  Modeled after neural nets by linking them and preserving them in beautiful figurative abstract images, China Blue is proposing a way to safeguard our recollections.

Her interactive work “MindDraw” is a work that enables people to see their brains in action will be presented opening night.

About the Artist

China Blue is an art pioneer. She was recently nominated for a two-year artist-in-residence with the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute at Rhode Island Hospital. This is one of only three similar artist-in-residencies in the nation. It is a role created for her and unique in Rhode Island. China Blue has received two NASA/RI Space Grants and a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Fellowship. As an internationally exhibiting artist, in 2013 China Blue was the US Representative at Tokyo Wondersite’s Experimental Art Fair. In 2008 she represented the US at OPEN XI in Venice, an exhibition held in conjunction with the Architecture Biennale.  Reviews of her work have been published in the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesArt Forum, and others. She has been an invited speaker at numerous universities and is an adjunct professor and fellow at Brown. She is the founder and executive director of The Engine Institute.

About Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Brain Week RI is brought to you by Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, and sponsored by the Brown Institute for Brain Sciences and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute.