Intelligent heart is a mixed media piece that was exhibited in the inaugural Art Loop Open of 2010 within the Michigan Ave. windows of the Hard Rock Hotel. The next scheduled exhibition that it appeared was the Elmhurst Art Museum's Chicago Sculpture International Show featuring six other members that runs from November 19th 2010 to March 19th 2011.
Finding inspiration in Joseph Chilton Pearce's book, "The Biology of Transcendence", Intelligent Heart distills what is gleaned from his exploration of the connection of the heart within the brain. Current medical research has found a the neuroscience's and neurocardiology that has found a fifth neural center located in the heart. The heart is not just a pump, but vastly more. There are dynamic interactions occurring between the heart and brain which are actually working together to make intelligent decisions. Most sensory based information is initially imported to the heart before being encountered by the brain.
Ultimately this discovery will allow our heart to teach us in a new way. Scientific thought and theory seems to be moving away from the clutches of a Descartian mechanistic view of the world that saw plants and animals as unfeeling automatons towards a more holistic type of paradigm. This view allows for the recognition of an innate level of intelligence within other life forms even finding it within simple slime mold that are able to solve a maze in several different ways! Or, the human heart that has its own intelligence that is connected to and is interfacing with other organs within our body like the brain. The parts of our bodies are more than the sum total of it's individual parts much in the way that planet Earth or 'Gaia' is more than the sum of it's components and also has an innate intelligence.
Many first cultures will identify the locus of their intelligence as residing in their hearts and even say that they "think with their hearts". And this is not a metaphor, they really mean it. By reconnecting and relearning to think with our hearts, or temper the intellect of the brain with the intelligence of the heart, we can find solutions for current ecological endemic problems including greed, non-sustainable official policies or a fundamental estrangement from nature.