Implant 2015, mixed media, 104"x52"x56"
Implant is an imaginary medical device that fits around the optic nerve. It is super-enlarged, making the viewer feel microscopic. Viewers explore the cylindrical spinning sculpture with handheld strobe lights, discovering thousands of colorful, fluffy, and sinister nanobots (cell-sized robots) performing unknown tasks and a spiral of organic-synthetic gears on the tube’s interior. Diagnosed with a degenerative genetic retinal disease at the age of 14, I've closely followed developments in gene therapy, including the insertion of healthy genes into the body using viruses. With Implant I play with the paradoxical threat and promise of bleeding-edge, anatomically invasive, borderline miraculous, potentially rampant medical practices.