When the mind wanders, the brain then enters into its “default network.” This is the system that is responsible for when we reminisce and generate daydreams, or any other kind of spontaneous thought. Included in this, is a process called “mind-popping,” which can be described as a moment when arbitrary words, phrases, or images suddenly appear in one’s head. Mind-pops occur when the brain involuntarily recalls a fragment of a subconscious memory, which may or may not be easy to consciously recollect. The subconscious mind records our everyday experiences and hoards away obscure information, without our knowing. When this secret information resurfaces it seems irrelevant and nonsensical, not only because it is an indirect link to some trivial memory, but also because the brain uses word-association to replace language within the mind-pop with similar words, further making it unrecognizable. It is difficult to expunge the mind-pop from consciousness, as the default network is not inherently compatible with problem-solving or focus.
I experience mind-pops in the form of words, during times when I am not actively in thought. The language points back to my personal experiences, but degrades throughout its journey to consciousness, and disguises itself as broken poetry. This compelling ambiguity is cemented into photographs with a loose translation of each mind-pop, to recreate the filtering and manipulation that mind-pops endure upon leaving the subconscious. The images are titled with their accredited phrase, and the sculptural spaces within them are built with precision and constructed specifically for the camera. To have others filter these words through their own mind not only prolongs the heavy processing that a mind-pop undergoes, but replicates the complex ways that it transforms when first leaving the subconscious.