April 11-June 9, 2017
Humanities Art Center and Gallery
Academic Building, 4th Floor
1700 University Ave.
"Lead Exposure," a five-piece series will be featured at Kettering University as part of the "Flint Water Crisis: Buckham Responds" show.
“Lead Exposure,” shows the trauma that lead poisoning does to the body. It is inspired by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, my hometown. This series features five pieces that represent calcified bone, degenerated nerve, injured brain, corrupted blood, and empty womb that resulted from lead exposure. I use a unique backlit framing technique to illuminate the pathological effects of such contamination.
My work simulates medical imaging –X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, and microscope slides- in order to document the empirically observed and undeniable degenerative change brought about by exposure to lead. This technique develops an aesthetic of the internal body to inspire interest in the very real mutations that lead exposure causes. By confronting the devastation done to bone, nerve, brain, blood, and womb, I hope to reveal the stakes involved in this continuing crisis and appeal for interventions that prompt healing and recovery.