My education in the School of Business and Industry at Florida A & M University warned against mixing business with personal. In the corporate world of an employee such a combination could lead to career implosion. Art is personal. It is also my business. I’m ignoring FAMU’s warning. Instead I’m encouraging an intimate love affair between personal and business.
My latest piece, “Do You Hear What I Hear” (2011), was completed on June 29th – the day of my 15th wedding anniversary. “Do You Hear…” is my tribute to the man I embraced in marriage. It is a testament to the man of faith he has become through every challenging obstacle we have faced together. He is also a science lover. His tribute must combine faith with science. “Do You Hear What I Hear” shows science’s ability to explain some things and its limitation to fathom others.
Science has proven sound travels in waves of varying frequencies. Humans detect sound waves with their ears. Receptors in the ear carry the waves to the brain. The brain interprets the information from the ear and lets us know what we are hearing. Scientist have used MRI technology to study the brain’s reaction to different types of sounds. The technology allows scientists to see which areas of the brain are most excited by the sound stimulus. I believe emotion is measured through our level of excitement. If you’re really emotional the MRI will reveal higher levels of brain activity. But an MRI cannot reveal human thought.
If an MRI could read the thoughts of my husband after receiving bad news, it would reveal something peculiar. After hearing pronouncements of foreclosure, unemployment, and slow economy, his thought revealing MRI would see faith, hope, and opportunity. How do I know? Because I’ve stood by him and heard the pronouncements with him. I’ve watched his actions and heard his words. When the world - and his wife - marinated on seemingly impossible situations, he hung on to possibilities. He turned each pronouncement of doom into a new beginning while all the time relying on the power of his great big God.
My husband has always wanted to be a part of something scientific. I plan to enter “Do You Hear What I Hear” in SAQA Il/WI’s Stitched Together, Art and Science exhibit to be held in the art gallery at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. When I told him about the exhibit he exclaimed, “Fermilab has the largest particle accelerator in the midwest! I’ve always wanted to go there!” Hopefully the art piece he inspired will one day be mounted on walls dripping with science.
Martin Cornelius Lindsey thank you for being this Christian family’s man of faith.