By examining and comparing the similarities and differences between the MRI imagery, X-Rays of DNA, and portraiture embedded in each of eight adjacent plexiglas panels, viewers are prompted to ask the following questions: how do we identify ourselves and others? by our outer appearances, such as skin tone, gender, nationality, and/or dress? by interiority, genetic coding, and/or medical infirmities? Just how alike and/or different are we from one another?
Life Cycle combines copies of fragments from musical scores, which I have used while singing in concerts with The New Haven Chorale, with fragments of medical X-Rays to create four distinctive collages. A complete list of other materials used to create these collages, can be found on my Life Cycle Artist's Statement. Four collages are illuminated on separate light boxes. Collectively, these collages depict a four part Life Cycle: Overture, Life, Death, and Variations on a Theme. Each collage has fragments from my musical scores imbedded in it. These fragments enhance, personalize, and correlate with each collage's title.
Eighteen collages created from X-ray films. This series chronicles the beginning of life from the growth of individual cells in petri dishes to the developement of a full-term fetus.
GENESIS was first exhibited in a solo show at the Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT in 2003. It was also exhibited in a solo show at the Peabody Museum, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2003) in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Watson and Crick's discovery of DNA. This artwork was included in a national juried exhibition at the Barrett Art Center, in Poughkeepsie, New York (2005); in an invitational exhibition at Yale University in conjunction with New Haven's Festival of Arts and Ideas (2004); in a juried exhibition at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York (2003). Goglia spoke about her work in conjunction with the Housatonic and the Peabody Museum exhibitions.
INSIGHT, is a series of X-ray collage giclee prints created from various types of X-rays: from DNA sequencing gels, cells grown in petri dishes, mammograms, and ultrasound radiographs.
In 2006, the INSIGHT prints won a highly competitive international exhibition at the New York Hall of Science sponsored by Arts Science Collaboration, Inc. and in 2007 won a national competion in conjunction with the New York Academy of Science's syposium on Science and the Arts.
Lois Goglia’s artwork in Personal Perception the Line Drawn Between Art and Fashion invites each viewer to question the boundaries between Art and Fashion by examining the works in this series. Digital prints on paper and silk, collages, scrolls, and combinations of these materials serve this purpose. Also, these artworks exemplify the importance of new digital printing technology to contemporary artists.
Neither fish nor fowl, my boldly colored giclee prints of X-ray collages may not be conventionally beautiful. Nor do they do not meet the standard categorizations of photography such as portraiture, documentary, or landscape. But they do bridge an Art/Science time continuum: they bring together a discovery of the X-ray from the 1898 realm of science and medicine into the 2008 realm of contemporary art.
CT scans of human skulls given to me by a neurologist became the perfect vehicle for my artistic reflections and responses to the Day of the Dead holiday as it is celebrated by the Mexican people. The animal and human spirit masks as well as the skeleton and skull images in my giclee prints were created from the CT scans X-rays. My Day of the Dead Series of prints pays homage to the Mexicans, whose religious icons, ceremonial masks, and colorful artifacts have provided me with a rich understanding of the Mexican people and their culture.