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
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
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!
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