Image Courtesy of Grainne Tynan

Primitive Reflex
By Grainne Tynan
Thermoplastic splinting material, steel, ink, wood, electric splinting bath, table and water
700mm x 700mm x 1700mm

1. This work is about . . . the place of shared myths in today’s world, exploring boundaries between superstitious and scientific thought. Primitive Reflex investigates the human desire to heal another’s trauma and places this in direct relationship with shamanic tribal rituals.

2. I made this work because . . . I wanted to explore my experience of working as an occupational therapist with people who have suffered a trauma to the central nervous system, resulting in the return of their infantile (or primitive) reflexes.

3. I hope when people see this work they will . . . enter into a discussion about the principles and materials used by healthcare professionals, empowering them to question approaches used in the recovery from trauma.

4. In terms of art history, this work . . . references primitive art through the use of tribal motifs in the anatomical drawings.

5. You can see my work . . . in the Trauma exhibition in Science Gallery at Trinty College Dublin, which runs until 21 Feb 2016. My website is

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