16x20 Multimedia collage and acrylic painting
Morphine is derived from the poppy plant and used in pain control. Opioids work through receptors located across the brain and give rise to the pain-relieving effects as well as the unrelated side effects. The brain image is collaged with the chemical structure of morphine as the background and a poppy field painted across the brain.
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that affects older adults leaving them with memory loss. Dying neurons (bright purple) intermingle with healthy neurons (light purple). The interfibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques are hallmarks of the disease and thought to contribute to neuron death.
Pain is processed in a variety of brain regions. Neuroimaging techniques in human subjects has uncovered a number of brain regions involved in pain processing forming a functional map. This brain uses collaged images from scientific publications on brain imaging and pain. Map pins with brightly colored strings highlight the active regions involved in pain processing.
There are a variety of neurons located throughout the brain that are involved in processing signals from sensation, motor, emotions, learning, and cognitions.
The brain is a series of complicated neurocircuits. Across the brain I have collaged map pins to represent neurons with colored string to represent the connections between neurons and nuclei.
The brain has a complicated neural circuitry with more than 2 billion connections between neurons. To represent this circuitry I collaged IBM-punch cards as the background and connected brain regions using transistors, capacitors, and resistors to wires.