Artist Rebecca Ivatts has worked with radiographers and neuroscientists for years to interpret brain scans and interpret conditions and states of mind on canvas
All In The Mind is her collection of more than 40 “mental portraits”, with essays by Ivatts and neuroscientists explaining their origins
Have you ever wondered what’s in your head? As an artist, I had always focused on the nude, but when I became pregnant with my first child, the antenatal scans opened my eyes to the painterly mystery of medical imaging. For the first time, I felt inspired to paint what was inside us.
Like good art, the brain defies oversimplification. Each one, like each artwork, is unique. And yet everywhere I looked in the media, lurid headlines reinforced just how much the brain was discussed -- and how little most of us really know about it: ‘Men really DO have bigger brains’, ‘Does brain structure determine your political views?’ ‘How watching online porn can alter our grey matter’. ‘How I discovered I have the brain of a psychopath.' I was compelled to find out more.
Over an intense three-year period, I worked with neuroscientists and radiographers to interpret brain scans and turn them into artworks. This was a springboard for my imagination: suddenly, an angiogram took on the totemic symmetry of a tribal mask, a major stroke looked like an incredible opening up to the world. I peered into white and grey matter and saw dense ‘gardens’ inhabited by faces, bodies, ghosts, butterflies, constellations…
Now, I’m bringing them together in this cerebral art book offering a different perspective on the complex world of the human brain.
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