Trauma: An emotional wound or shock that creates substantial, lasting damage to the psychological development of a person, often leading to neurosis
Little is known about how the brain forms and retains traumatic childhood memories as well as if these subconsciously stored recollections have a direct effect on adult decision-making. Psychological studies proclaim that the ability to comprehend and react to the broad range of human emotions and experiences begins at infancy. Our environment and the people that surround us during this time have the potential ability to design our framework of the world and our behavioral patterns. We may be provided with a healthy platform in childhood from which to learn and grow or a detrimental foundation that may dramatically stunt mental development, either which might have life-long effects in adulthood. This series of drawings explores the moment that our brain processes both the physical and psychological experience of trauma. How does our body react when a memory is formed in the brain? What happens to the memory that surrounds a traumatic event in childhood? How does this memory affect us when we experience a similar situation as an adult? Each image peers into the development of this microscopic world of memories. The human component is superimposed upon the brain neurons, dendrites, and synaptic connections that morph together to create a realistic yet unfamiliar encounter. In each frame, a child explores this formation of their memory and how their physical body relates to the psychological experience. Memory formation affects everyone on earth despite gender, class, race, religion, or any other sub-group differentials that separate us humans. The experience of a memory is an abstract, microscopic world that this series of drawings transforms into a tangible reality to be explored.