Bridget Elmer and Hedi Kyle. We Can Go Beyond It: An Artist's Book by Bridget Elmer. Edition of 43.
(Tallahassee. FL: Flatbed Splendor and Tuscaloosa. AL: University of Alabama. 2009). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
An artist's response to her father's EEGs led to the creation of We Can Go Beyond It. Bridget Elmer uses variations on accordion folds and removable spines to encourage viewers to reorder the brain maps, exploring the concept of neuroplasticity, which asserts that the brain can change itself. Inspired by the brain maps, Elmer manipulates the EEGS to encourage synaptic change. The images perform as visual art and as a chronology that requires the viewer to think about the patterns in the maps and question what story they tell. How would a neurologist "read" the maps and how might the viewer rearrange them to result in a positive conclusion?