“Self Reflected” by American artist/neuroscientist Greg Dunn and Dr Brian Edwards is a stunning series of gold leaf prints of the human brain. Bringing new perspective to the mind, the work bridges the connection between the macroscopic brain and the behavior of neurons through a revolutionary technique called reflective microetching. Gilded with 1,750 sheets of gold leaf, slices of the brain are magnified and the natural flow of neural activity revealed in the play of light across the rich and elaborate surface. Made with a combination of hand drawing, neuroscience data, algorithmic simulation of neural circuitry and photolithography, the project represent a seamless and unique marriage of art and science.
Greg elaborates on the method and motive behind this project:
“Self Reflected animates brain activity with light reflecting off of a golden surface and offers an unprecedented insight of the brain into itself. It reveals an enormous scope of neural choreography occurring in our own minds at the very moment of observation. It was created to remind us that the most marvelous machine in the known universe is at the core of our being. It is the root of our shared humanity.”