Dyslexia awareness bracelet

Earlier this year, I wrote about getting involved in creating pieces of art to raise awareness of neurological conditions.  I have made one for epilepsy and acute central nervous system injury.  More recently I was contacted by a former colleague, who asked me to create a jewelry piece to portray dyslexia.   Continue Reading

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“Guidance” – where do you go from here?

Today I would like to tell you story behind one of my very first pieces of art that I made when starting NeuroBead.

During my scientific career, I have always been fascinated by the complexity of human brain architecture, and the ability of neurons to make the right connections in this labyrinth.  When a neuronal cell develops, it extends a delicate membrane, called a growth cone, to probe its surrounding environment.  The growth cone can sense positive and negative signals, resulting in attraction and repulsion to a certain path.  When a positive signal is present, the growth cone begins to slowly turn in its direction, to find the way towards its target. Continue Reading

Brain-eating amoeba 

After hurricane Irma, Florida might have a greater risk of spreading infection. More specifically, brain-eating amoebas are more likely to thrive in the stagnant water.
These microbes can enter the body through the nose and reach the brain within a few days. There, they begin their feast, which in most cases is fatal.

This work in progress depicts an entry through which the parasite ingests its food – brain tissue.  The piece will evolve to include other elements of this tragic event.  Stay tuned! 

Penchant for artistic expression

We all have our own, personal ways of dealing with stressful situations that life may throw at us.  Some can be dangerous and self-destructive, whereas others can bring a sense of peace and balance.  Ever since early childhood, I have had a penchant for expressing my feelings through artwork.   My parents’ apartment is still covered with all of the mixed-media projects I have done.  Back then it was the main way I could channel my introversion into something productive and beautiful.  Of course, back then I didn’t even know that the term “introvert” existed. Continue Reading

“Tortured”

Here is the second piece I presented at the Women in Bio SciArt event and the story behind it. Continue Reading

Women in Bio SciArt event praise keeps rolling in…

Here is a summary of the SciArt event that was published in Women in Bio newsletter. Continue Reading

Stream of consciousness 

I have been reading a lot about finding your niche as an artist and being successful without feeling like you are “selling out”.   In both art and science there is a fine line between being innovative and retaining your character.  Where do you draw the line between expanding your horizons and selling your soul?

Daily Prompt:  Dignify