RESEARCH HEAD 410, 2013-14

In April of 2013, I was struck by a SUV while biking home from work. Because of the injuries I endured, I was asked to be part of a research study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in which a series of MRI’s were taken of my brain. I kept copies of those MRI’s--which came along with my medical study name: “Research Head 410”.

With the help of MRI recognition software, I was able to take stills from the brain scans and re-create them as graphite and color pencil drawings on Mylar. Since MRI’s use magnetic resonance to create images of interior body, I used graphite to represent the magnetism: graphite is also highly conductive and made exclusively out of carbon atoms, similar to how a MRI machines processes and "sees" our internal structures. 

With the advent of mirrors in the mid-15th century, it became very common for artists to use self-portraiture as a method of empowerment and self-discovery. These drawings are an ode to both self-portraiture and scientific development; they symbolize the convergence of art and science.

Mirrors reflect an image, you stare at yourself in the mirror and it stares back at you. Yet science has devised ways to see oneself through another lens that was previously impossible to do. From an atomic point of view, these MRIs depict the truest representation of myself. 

Colored pencil, graphite, Mylar, paper

Three works; 30" x 24" ea. 

Prints are available 

Photo by Brooke DiDonato