In conjunction with our current exhibition On a Clear Day We Were Lightning, Eli Ridgway Gallery is pleased to present a special panel discussion on traumatic brain injury and the work of artist James Sterling Pitt. Conducted by an ensemble of medical clinicians in the fields of Physiatry, Neuropsychology, Physical Therapy and Pain Medicine, the panel will discuss the effects of traumatic physical injury on the artistic impulse.
Conceived to exist as an object based journal, James Sterling Pitt's current body of works stand as two and three dimensional interpretations of fleeting sights and sensorial experiences. Pitt aims to aesthetically bank his brain's altered image making process with modestly sized, relational sculpture and drawings. The artist's hand-made re-productions allow skewed recollections to uniquely manifest as tangible markers of a time and place. Often coming into being as a series of on-site field sketches, these personified images gradually evolve from graphite and water color on paper to elaborately constructed wooden models. The title of the exhibition, On A Clear Day We Were Lightning, references the literal and conceptual "lightning flashes" that occur in neural activity and the formation of memory.
Hetal Lakhani, MD
Medical Director, Polytrauma/ Traumatic Brain Injury Program
James J. Muir, Ph.D.
Liza Katz, MS PT, SEP, CST
Physical therapist and Somatic Experiencing practitioner
Organized by collector Colin L. Fernandes, MD; Director, Pain Clinic
All panelists: Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System