Valeriya N-Georg
Photo by Ansell Cizic

I am an artist inspired from Neuroscience, Psychology and Consciousness studies, who work with a range of media: drawing, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. In my practise, I combine digital production with making by hand and developed experimental new techniques for making monotype prints, based on layered acrylic gel on boards and light box installations, which I scan, collage and manipulate digitally to create large scale digital prints. The process of printing on layered gel is a time consuming one, which references the gradual peeling of human skin, exposing and suggesting the materiality inside the human body. Human skin intrigues me, as it is the largest organ of the body. It is a membrane, both barrier and shield between inner and outer and at the same time it is that which connects our bodies to everything outside. It can provide the most intimate of experience and the most public, as it is what presents us to the world. The light box presentation illuminates the ink print made upon the gel surface and conveys a sense of a medical forensic examination on the surgeon’s table.

My principal interest is Neuroscience, as a system of exploring the relationship between the human body and the embodied self. I use fragments of physical anatomy to visually represent the inexpressible experience of inhabiting a body; the boundaries between the inner and outer self; between the physical and metaphysical; tangible and intangible, the tactile and the optical. My work is deeply influenced by sources such as Antonio Damasio’s research on the relationship between the brain and the consciousness, the role of emotions and feelings for our life-regulating processes and mental representations of our body states, or Dr. Bruce Lipton’s ideas about interactions between mind and body and the processes by which cells receive information.

Digital printing opens a new world for me, giving me the freedom to create collages from many gel print scans of body parts and the cell, the smallest building block that provides structure for the human body. Just as cells can make copies of themselves, my large-scale digital collage is made from many copies of my gel monotype prints. Within cells, the cytoplasm is made up of a jelly-like fluid (called the cytosol), which reference the use of gel conceptually. Using a scanner to produce one image from another in another medium allows me to capture the immediacy and physical presence of the gel material. Continuing with digital manipulation, constructing the image via layering allows me to explore the interplay of printmaking processes, handmade or computer generated.