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Brain States Statement

I have always been fascinated with the neurology of consciousness, brain activation mapping and color perception.

Inspired by current neuroscience research into cross modal connections this series of cameraless prints interprets mirror neurons and cross sensory events in the V4 section of the visual cortex, the section of the brain primarily responsible for color interpretation. The work explores neurological issues such as synaesthesia, a phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sense involuntarily induces perception of another sense.

The work uses color theory as a metaphor for neural activity in the brain. Chromatic induction and after-images, serve as an analogy to explain what may happen in the visual cortex during a cross sensory synaesthetic experience.

Complementary optical hues are used to define a relationship between otherwise unrelated areas of the brain and analogous colors to mediate otherwise unreachable transitions. This gives a chromatic explanation for cross sensory activation without physical connections.

The prints are visual interpretations of brain states and the brain’s ability to make connections through dendrites and synapses, the junctions where neurons communicate. This parallels the neurological process of vision itself, in that a visual image is not a projection onto the brain of what is on the retina, but rather the result of information processing and interpretation.

All prints are made by hand, one at a time. No camera, film or digital media of any kind is used.

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Carol Pfeffer © 2011