bright multicolors; central band with zigzag-edged radiating diamonds in warm colors (predominately red, orange, yellow) flanked by bands of radiating diamonds in cool colors (predominately turquoise, greens, purples); black and white crosses in rows across diamond patterns; pink band at edge short end, with brown edging and brown tassels at corners

%C2%A9 Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery%2C New York

Deep Brain Stimulation, 2011

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In Deep Brain Stimulation, artist Melissa Cody creates the illusion of three-dimensionality in a two-dimensional textile. In the late 1800s, Navajo weavers raveled yarn from colorful Germantown, Pennsylvania, wool blankets and created eye-dazzling designs bursting with color. Their innovative optical effects, as well as the new technologies of the Digital Age, continue to inspire Cody’s work. The designs were inspired in part by the deep brain stimulation undergone by Cody’s father to help with his Parkinson’s disease, treatments intended to create new, radiating neural pathways. Cody’s imagery likewise creates new pathways and designs for Navajo weaving.

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Title
Deep Brain Stimulation
Artist Life
born 1983
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2012.26
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bright multicolors; central band with zigzag-edged radiating diamonds in warm colors (predominately red, orange, yellow) flanked by bands of radiating diamonds in cool colors (predominately turquoise, greens, purples); black and white crosses in rows across diamond patterns; pink band at edge short end, with brown edging and brown tassels at corners

© Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York