For Kindra Crick, one of the greatest mysteries of the mind is our memory. It gives us the ability, whether conscious or not, to time travel, use recollections and to shape our future choices. At our core, when we think about who we are, we rely on a confluence of evolving narratives we remember.
“Memory: Cerebral Entanglement” is a layered mixed-media installation that incorporates drawings, diagrams and imagery from under the microscope. It started as a collaboration with neuroscientist John Harkness, who researches memory at WSU Vancouver. Harkness investigates net-like structures called perineuronal nets which surround neurons in our brain and are associated with memory retention and the close of developmental learning windows. Included in this exhibit are three microscopic images taken from the lab’s research.
Crick is a multimedia artist who gives visual expression to the wonder and process of scientific inquiry and discovery. She is fascinated by the human brain—our complex machine—which can fathom the beginning of time and the nature of its own thought. Crick has a degree in molecular biology from Princeton and a certificate in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.