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mental health mondays :: beautiful minds

a friend posted this article on facebook this morning and i thought that it was a lovely way to brighten up a decided gloomy november monday, when many people reading this are recovering from a long weekend. [i'm not, but since i work from home, weekends are a bit ephemeral.]

the article has more information on the techniques used, but here's my summary: greg dunn is an artist who originally started out on a very different path. he holds a phd in neuroscience and has used his earlier work to inspire his creativity. using painting and etching techniques, he makes art from microscopic images taken of human brains.

he makes doodles of your noodle.

while his work might not tell you anything about your mental health, it does provide a remarkable insight into the complexity of the human brain and all of the things that dwell within it. and i have to agree that there is an intrinsic similarity between the minutiae of our minds and the sparse, elegant beauty of asian, or asian-inspired, art. is part of our connection to abstract art based on the fact that we can quite literally sense something of ourselves in it? i have no idea, but doesn't that seem like it might make an interesting topic for a research paper? sort of like how we are naturally attracted to people who resemble ourselves or our parents.

here are a few pieces of dunn's artwork to enjoy, but for a really in-depth look and to see pieces he has for sale, be sure to check out his web site.





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dom :: no?

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dom :: what ?!?!?

me :: i've had wine and very little food. [pause] but the alien thing was real. [pause.] well, real on tv.

dom :: please eat something.

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