Simultanagnosia

  • Title: Simultanagnosia
    Author: Mallon, Darci
    Year: 2001
    Keyword(s): Camilo Golgi, pyrography, brain anatomy, nature/nurture
    Description: The Golgi Studies comprised a series of images of slices of the brain, drawn by burning into oak wood veneer. In the process of drawing the brain sections and articulating their form, the wood grain was revealed through the hardness and softness of the veneer, hence the drawing process could be considered a metaphor for the nature/nurture dynamic and brain plasticity. The small burn marks resembled that of the brown neurons revealed in the slides produced by Camilo Golgi, the neuroanatomist who discovered how to stain and render visible, a complete neuron. The center of each image was sanded through the veneer to expose the underlying particleboard, suggesting a scotoma or blind spot. Each image was framed with an ornate frame that had a scallop/kidney-shaped form common within the brain.
    Notes: The soapstone sculptures of brains by Dr. Keith Aronyk were included in the exhibition Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
    Peer Reviewed: Yes
    Type of Item: Visual Arts
    Publication Information: Catalogue essay by Catherine Crowston, curator, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
    Language: English
    Series: The Golgi studies