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Participant Information

Lee Mogel

New York

After almost forty years of architectural practice, I was abruptly retired by the triumvirate of Parkinson's, hydrocephalus and sleep apnea.

Prior to architecture, I dabbled in studies in physics and art. Physics today is beyond my comprehension but to be an artist was my childhood ambition, although practicality placed it in the background.

Since I did not have the luxury of time to create artworks, my non-professional creativity was dormant for almost forty years. My present art media consists of sculpture in carved stone, welded steel and wood; photography; assemblages and drawing.

Even with the effects of Parkinson's, my early intensive training allows me to still draw a freehand straight line. Juxtaposition of objects in my assemblages helps the viewer to look at common things, not merely see them. I want the viewer to know that PD does not necessarily turn an artist into a non-productive being with uncontrollable tremors.

I want to feel that PD is not the end of the road. I don't do endless variations on one theme in one medium: I don't have the time for that. I create with a touch of humor to preserve my own sanity. I am trying to do as much as I can as fast as I can, while I still can.

"BRAIN DRAIN" (2003): 1835 phrenology head photograph, hospital patient ID card, computer circuit board with chip, wire, ventricular-peritoneal shunts (which came out of my skull in 1991 and 1992).