This installation explores the mind and its processes...

Roots of Mind: Thoughts and Memories

Invasive Thoughts by Valerie Christell
work by Valerie J. Christell and Tori Tasch
until April 1 at Merge Gallery, Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo, Suite 204 in Milwaukee. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 12noon-4:00 p.m. and by appointment.

Merge Gallery will open "Roots of Mind: Thoughts and Memories" Gallery Night and

Day, January 21, 5:00-9:00 p.m. and January 22, 12noon-4:00 p.m. This social
statement installation of the merged works of Valerie J. Christell and Tori
Tasch will continue to April 1, 2011. Gallery hours following the opening are
Fridays and Saturdays, 12noon-4:00 p.m. and by appointment.

This installation explores the mind and its processes, healthy and unhealthy,
that control behavior. Thoughts and memories relative to mental health
disorders, including dimentia and multiple personalities, as well as the impact
of therapy, are examined through this installation that merges photo collages,
artist books, and sculpture in a space transformed by branches and root systems
reflective of the brain's inner structures and processes: the veins and neural
network. Through root-like and vein-like materials, connections symbolic of
these structures are made between the pieces in the installation. Within the
merged installation, Christell presents her concepts through photo collage and
sculpture and Tasch presents her reflections through artist books and prints.

Information gathered from individuals about their thought and memory processes
sets a foundation of personal viewpoints regarding this topic that have, then,
been interpreted by the artists and blended into a larger social statement about

issues that affect everyone in some way. According to the Alzheimer's
Association's 2010 "Disease Facts and Figures" report, more than five million
people in the U.S. suffer from dementia. According to Rush University Medical
Center, an estimated 22.1 percent of Americans 18 years and older--about one in
five (or over 44 million) adults--suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder
within a given year.

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