Makenzie O'Connor

Autonomic Appreciation

Family of Forms  

The external stimuli of our environment seem to consume much of our attention. So consumed with our surroundings, we often forget to look within and to make time for introspection. To fully understand our surrounding environment though, we must look within, for each of us as individuals help to make up the surrounding environment. We are as much a part of it as we are a part of ourselves. I wanted to provide the opportunity for us to take a moment to consider our our internal structures. Pondering our concrete internal structures can be used as an avenue for more abstract introspection.

I created three organs that help to make up our autonomic nervous system. Our autonomic nervous system is responsible for the control of bodily functions that are not consciously directed, such as breathing (lungs), the heartbeat (heart), and digestive processes (stomach). This incredible system works without our conscious thought, but there is much to be gained by having a greater consciousness and awareness of it. Through growing more aware of our autonomic nervous system, we might further grow to appreciate it.