Benita Brewer

Circadian Rhythms & After Life

While developing a series of digital paintings based on circadian rhythms, my mother’s on-going health problems worsened and she made the decision to enter Hospice care. Suddenly, normal daily rhythms were interrupted and time was scheduled based on nurse’s visits and energy levels. Tasks lists were set-aside for sitting in the sun, drinking coffee and holding hands.

The original intent of the images was to show how our bodies naturally follow a twenty-four hour cycle corresponding to the earth’s rotation and maximizing our exposure to sunlight. The circadian clock, located in the brain but regulated by both external cues and chemical interactions, also regulates many aspects of metabolism, physiology, and behavior. The digital paintings include subjects used in research by scientists such as insects, plant life and humans and colors reflective of seasonal light changes.

As my mother transitioned from life, the content of my images also changed.  During this time my imagery absorbed this new experience and I reflected on my own beliefs concerning death and a possible afterlife. 

I am made of light, I am made of stars / giclée archival print / 24” x 36” / $400

Eye Effects of Circadia / giclée archival print - limited edition of 50 / 11” x 18” / $100

Circadian's End / giclée archival print - limited edition of 50 / 11” x 17” / $100

Samhain Ruler's / giclée archival print - limited edition of 50 / 11” x 14” / $100

Metamorphis / giclée archival print - limited edition of 50 / 11” x 17” / $100

Circadian Rhythm / giclée archival print - limited edition of 50 / 14” x 11” / $100

I Feel Their Bones As My Bones / giclée archival print  / 24" x 36" / $400

Backyard Dreaming / giclée archival print - limited edition of 50 / 11” x 17” / $100