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January 11 – February 5, 2016

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, January 14, 12:30-2:30pm
Medium: Digital Media/Photo

In January 2010, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that decreases cognitive and physical abilities over the course of a decade or so, often resulting in disability or sometimes death. That said, it is quite idiosyncratic–no two people have the same trajectory or march of decline. Each year, MS patients have at least one MRI scan to observe the progress of the illness and to assess possible treatment options. Regardless (as of this writing), treatment consists of merely staving off the inevitable; there is no cure.

Possessing the films of each scan, I have translated and altered select images from my brain as a form of documentation. These scans are sublime records of specific points in time. By altering the original photographs, they transform from medical signifiers and photographic indexes of the disease’s progress to something else entirely. They become decorative relics and almost shrine-like. Moreover, digitally manipulating these MRI scans are a way of exerting control over the slowly debilitating illness. I take something that has an intrinsic meaning, that is the deterioration of my brain, and turn it into a beautiful object, as well as choose how to represent this aspect of my body. Each scan set has its own color scheme; red expressly appears as part of the design in scans that have new lesions, which denotes change. This project is perhaps the most personal I have done, depicting the decay of my own grey matter.

From Los Angeles, California, Daisy Patton moved back and forth between Oklahoma and California during her childhood. Patton scrutinizes the lines between history and mythology, between memory and perceived experience, and between intrinsic behavior and learned tendencies. Her work explores the meaning and social conventions of families, little discussed or hidden histories, and what it is to be a person living in our contemporary world. Currently residing in Aurora, Colorado, Patton has a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma with minors in History and Art History and an Honors degree.

Her MFA is from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, a multi-disciplinary program. Patton received the Montague Travel Grant for research in Dresden, Germany for an upcoming project, and she was also awarded a position as an exchange student at the University of Hertfordshire, UK while an undergraduate.

Patton has completed two artist residencies at the Anythink Libraries in Colorado, and she is currently in a two-year residency at RedLine, an arts organization focused on community, social justice, and arts education in Denver, Colorado. Exhibiting in solo and group shows nationally, Michael Warren Contemporary represents Patton in Denver.

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