Project Description


“Tether” explores the medical condition known as “Locked-in Syndrome” as described by Jean-Dominique Bauby in his book, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” After a massive stroke in 1995, Bauby was completely paralyzed except for the use of his left eye that he could blink to indicate one letter of the alphabet at a time. With the help of a therapist, he tediously “blinked out” letter after letter, formulating words, then sentences and paragraphs describing his daily experience with exceptional humor. After one year, he completed his memoir which was published a few days before his death.

Mixed media: Glass case, paper screen, bell jar, magnets, wood, metal picture frame, cosmetic mirror, aluminum, movie file, media player, projector. Approx size: 18″ × 24″ × 30″.


  • Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY 2009
  • Ceres Gallery, New York City, 2013