Amazing, important work Laura Cowley!
Penelope's work expresses the translations of personal ideas, experiences, thoughts and memories to the surface. She also explores her ideas of how thought is held in the mind and transmitted from her brain through her nervous system to the surface and imagines what the process looks like if visualised. The imaginings of cognitive networks and brain structure are a strong element to her work.
This fascination of the mind lead her to creating the Massive Dynamic project. Penelope's mind has been explored in more depth by the process of a Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) scan at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) by Prof. Derek Jones and Silvia de Santis June 2012.
An investigation and recreation of information pertaining to the microstructure of white matter; the connections that carry information between different brain regions, using Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DT-MRI). The project aims to share recent advances in neuroscientific research through the use of novel artwork based on real data.
The artwork includes both data regarding brain structure and an interpretation of this data from the artist’s perspective. The project has implications for brain diseases including Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease.
The MRI results have been exhibited as montages at the Urdd Centre, Cardiff Bay 14th - 15th July 2012 for the Cardiff Science Festival and a selection of her art works and 'Visual Journey' was exhibited at the Skittle Alley Gallery situated in The Crofts Pub, Roath, Cardiff. This year 2013 saw the continuation of exhibitions at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff with 'Brain Games' by Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Center (CUBRIC) and The Peirhead Building Cardiff Bay with Cardiff Science Festival, for the second year running.
Penelope's next exhibition will be at the Masonic Hall Cardiff 21st November 2013 from 7pm an event called 'Breaking the Taboo'.