Kinesthesia and Proprioception

When I was younger, I used to try to levitate and I would chart my progress with illustrations. I would lay on my back perfectly still for hours, making simple marks over loose outlines and silhouettes of my body whenever I felt something either on my skin or inside of me. I was translating tactile feelings and to me these marks were representaional of physical sensations, or as I called them "failures of levitation". With this intuitive type of marking system I was describing the sensation's different propreties; movement, pressure, vibration and temperature. Years later I returned to this kind of drawing and somatosensory awareness when I would use art to confront severe pain. It was then that I came across the terms kinesthesia and proprioception. The "sensations" drawings, which up until then had mostly involved pain, led to another art experiment with Nicole Bailey and was a major step forward in the continuation of this means of feeling feelings. The images below chart the evolution of my thoughts, ideas, experiments with forms, pain, and other feelings.

 

 

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Sketchbook Pages "Trying to Levitate"

 

 

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Somatosensory Key

 

 

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The Sensation of Humming (Kinesthesia)

 

 

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On Comfort Zones (Proprioception)

 

 

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Isolating Pains

 

 

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Pain Flowers no. 1

 

 

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Pain Flowers no. 3

 

 

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Pain Abstraction (Total Suffering)

 

 

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Notations on the Biting of Oneself

 

 

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Anatomical Study (Kinesthesia)

 

 

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Anatomical Study (Proprioception: Temperature)

 

 

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Sensations Occurring in the Mouth (Kinesthesia: Vibration, Motion and Pressure)

 

 

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Kinesthetic and Proprioceptive Figure Study

 

 

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Somatosensory Inspired Surreaiist Creature

 

 

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Somatosensory Insspired Realist Creature

 

 

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Kinesthetic and Proprioceptive Self-Portrait

 

 

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"The Need to Urinate" (from "And Other Feelings")

 

 

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"Standing in Place" (from "And Other Feelings") 

 

 

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"Lower Back Pain" (from "And Other Feelings")

 

 

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"Cold Ear / Hot Finger" (from "And Other Feelings")

 

 

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"How a Headache Can Turn Into Nausea" (or "Vision" from "The Five Senses")

 

 

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Invoking a Deity to Fight Chronic Nociceptive Pain

 

 

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"Head Caresses" (from "Sensations" w/ Nicole Bailey)

 

 

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"Ear Nibbles" (from "Sensations" w/ Nicole Bailey)

 

 

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"Tummy Caresses" (from "Sensations" w/ Nicole Bailey)