I began my artist career as a photographer. My interest in photographing abandoned spaces and buildings began while I was studying at the University of Dayton. I admire the beauty and strength in these aged spaces and how time has only contributed to their personalities. Each of these spaces has been apart of active productivity and business, and now they stand alone.
As my work and I have grown, my family has grown up with me influencing the way I view and experience our surroundings. Motherhood changed my life in almost every possible way, but one of the most defining moments for me is when my son was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). My research and art practice investigations have transpired in the development of therapeutic compression swings and Multi-Sensory Environments for adults with and without SPD or sensory sensitivities as a means to stimulate the senses and calm one’s reaction to mental and environmental stresses. Our senses work together to help us understand who we are, where we are, and what is happening around us. At any given moment we are receiving multiple sensory stimuli at a time. By receiving sensory input at regular intervals though out the day, it provides the nervous system stimulation to organize what the senses are absorbing. The input calms the nervous system and allows the body to stay controlled. “Calming sensory activities such as deep pressure under a heavy mat or slow swinging may reduce sensory scrambling and help information to get through to the brain.” (Grandin, Temple)
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