Medical visualization of an oxytocin molecule. Oxytocin is a hormone that also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain made by neurosecretory cells in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. It is released into the blood from the posterior portion of the pituitary gland, as well as into other areas of the brain and the spinal cord. Oxytocin is involved in sexual arousal and increased testosterone production in both men and women. Levels of oxytocin spike during orgasm. It is responsible for contractions of the uterus and cervical dilation during childbirth, and stimulates the flow of milk for breastfeeding. Oxytocin is also involved in complex brain activities such as bonding, maternal behavior, and trust; it is related to increased pain tolerance and reduced anxiety as a result of reduction of blood pressure and cortisol levels.
(The Visual MD)
The exhibition Oxytocin is a collaborative installation created by Katie Caron & Martha Russo. The work calls into question our attachments: the physical bonds and the psychological boundaries amongst individuals and groups. Sculptural forms are tethered and clustered to one another and to their landscape, embodying emotion and the way in which it filters through and forges relationships.
-Katie Caron and Martha Russo, 2012
Eric Isaac, Untitled Art Show