Unravelling Brains


  • Edge to edge printing
  • Printed on Somerset Enhanced Velvet fine art paper
  • Printed using archival quality inks and papers (Fine Art Trade Guild approved)
  • Printed in Essex, UK
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The piece focuses on finding that cortical activity become less predictable under the influence of LSD. If the brain can be thought of as fixed modular processing centres with well-trodden thought pathways, LSD increases cross-talk between these centres and increases the flexibility of thought. In the piece this is represented as the individual functional brain areas being tightly wound balls of string. Under the influence of LSD these balls of string are picked apart and entangle with those from other areas. The loosening also represents the breakdown of rigid thinking. The piece references the psychedelic colour scheme reported by subjects that is caused by activation of the V1 brain area. This area  is responsible for locating areas of contrasting colour and luminosity. The image also explores the idea of dissolution of the ego that many subjects report.

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