Doorway to My Brain by Ilene Dube

Type: 2023 Member Show - Yesterday Today Tomorrow
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Doorway to My Brain by Ilene Dube

Medium: mixed media
16 x 11 inches

Artist Statement: At the center of "Doorway to My Brain" lies the chip from my old iPhone. Everything I need to know is on my phone, so when it was time to upgrade to a newer model (because these cerebellum carapaces are built to last only a few years), I watched the sales manager at T Mobile pop out the old chip -- my gray matter! -- and toss it into the waste basket. I quickly retrieved it and built a temple around it.
 Relating to the theme: the passage of time can be marked by changes in our technology. The iPhone chip records the changes in our lives, from musings to photos, from purchases to appointments. "Ancient cities and artifacts are unearthed and re-discovered after hundreds or thousands of years." I doubt my iPhone chip, or any vestiges of my brain or its output, will survive or be of any value to be unearthed, so it is important to make what I can of the time now. So in this work I seize the moment to glorify my chip.

Bio: Ilene Dube is a writer, artist, curator, and producer.
 She won the Mercer County Purchase Award in 2014 and a Mercer County Senior Art Show first place award for mixed media in 2021. Her artwork (she prefers to call it art play) has been exhibited at Phillip's Mill, Hobart Art in the Native Landscape, Hopewell Tour des Arts, ArtsBridge, Trenton Free Public Library, Grounds For Sculpture (student exhibition), Monmouth Museum, the Gallery at Mercer County Community College, Ellarslie Not Quite Open and Salon de Refuses, Artworks Trenton, Arts Council of Princeton, ArtJam, West Windsor Arts Council, Beyond the Pink, Plainsboro Library, Hopewell Bistro, Northfield Bank, and is in the private collections of Joyce and J. Seward Johnson Jr., Libby Ramage, Heather Barros, Karen Schoenitz, the estate of Priscilla Algava, and others.
 Her short stories, poetry, and personal essays have appeared in more than a dozen literary journals, and her arts and feature writing has appeared at Princeton Magazine, Philadelphia Public Media, Hyperallergic, and JerseyArts Features, among others.
 She produces segments for the Emmy Award-winning PBS show State of the Arts. Independently she has produced short documentaries that have screened at the New Jersey Film Festival, Nassau Film Festival, Trenton Film Festival, Princeton Environmental Film Festival, and at arts centers and libraries. Her documentary about artists in Roosevelt, N.J., was the catalyst for an exhibition she guest curated at Morven Museum & Garden, Dreaming of Utopia in Roosevelt, New Jersey, and her film “Painting the Moon and Beyond: Lois Dodd and Friends” became the topic for an exhibition she curated at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie.
 Six-word bio: Telling stories in pictures and words.

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