The translation of “Nojimoo’” from Ojibway to English is “to heal, to cure.” Creating this brain was a journey of pain and healing that moved the artist. She persisted because she believes this sculpture is a part of her life’s work.
The brain has logical and creative sides that work together. One side cannot exist without the other. This is reflected in Indigenous cultures. The earth, air and water co-exist in a beautiful balance: abalone for the sea, stones for earth, and butterflies and dragonflies for air. Each area of the sculpture has corresponding natural healing stones that address ailments in that specific cranial area.
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