Many aspects of the brain are considered to be hardwired and cannot operate outside of a specific set of functions. But the brain, as with electricity, has an innate ability to reroute and redirect its signals to keep a connection alive. The artist’s grandmother had severe Alzheimer's, but as her memory gradually faded, she was still able to remember people, places and things she and her husband had experienced decades earlier. Darrach knew that her grandmother’s brain was still working to reconnect those once hardwired functions. This piece was made in her memory.
Mackenzie Darrach is a digital media and sculptural artist based in the Greater Toronto Area.
She studied Fine Arts at the University of Windsor. Her work focuses primarily on the contrast of organic forms and objects to an ever evolving technological and digital environment.
Darrach’s sculptural work tends to feature unconventional materials such as found objects, which can be seen in her submission to the 2017 Brain Project.