Diffuse Axonal Injury

By Lise Melhorn-Boe Kingston, Ontario: Transformer Press, 2014. Edition of 5.

6 x 8 x 6" paper object. Materials: cast paper, thread, ribbon, acetate.

In April of 2008 the artist's son had an automobile accident when he was returning to his home in Toronto. On a sharply curving ramp he lost control of the car and hit a rock cut. Although he had his seatbelt on and the airbag deployed, his head was whipped sideways into the support between the front and back windows. He suffered multiple fractures. A piece of bone was removed from his skull in order to remove a blood clot. He was put in an induced coma for five days.

Lise Melhorn-Boe: "This cast paper brain is filled with neural connections, but some are broken, owing to a nasty run-in with a rock cut. The acetate circles on the outside make me think about all the EEGs that my son has had since his accident.

"I have to cast [part] one at a time, and it's cold, so the pulp dries slowly: This is a wordless portrait of my son's brain right after his accident."