When our minds wander, the brain enters its “default network.” This system is responsible for daydreaming, reminiscing, and generating different forms of spontaneous thought. This includes 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. The subconscious mind constantly records our everyday experiences and hoards the obscure information, meaning that we possess many more details from these experiences than we are aware of. This secret information resurfaces, seeming irrelevant and nonsensical, because it is an indirect link to a trivial memory. It is difficult to expunge the mind-pop from consciousness, as the default network’s mode of thinking is not 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 degrades and loses meaning through its journey to consciousness, presenting itself as broken poetry. Logic resides in the words, hidden beneath layers, pointing back to my own personal experiences. This compelling ambiguity is cemented into photographs through word-association and loose translations, to recreate the filtering and manipulation that mind-pops undergo upon leaving the subconscious. This process is narrated by the images being titled with their accredited phrase, the sculptural spaces within them built with precision and constructed specifically for the camera. The mind-pop will endure endless processing as it starts off in subconscious memory, arrives in the conscious mind in unrecognizable form, is translated into a photograph, and is then interpreted by other minds. Prolonging this filtering emphasizes the large shift that takes place from the start of a mind-pop to its finishing point, and how only part of the brain is aware that this is happening.