In my first year of art school I decided to read “Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain” to help me master representational drawing. Not only did I read the book, do all the exercises but I became somewhat obsessed with the brain. Concurrently my brother began having challenges with his perception of reality and his brain.
Just now, in my inbox, a friend sent over an really inspirational talk on TED. I highly recommend it, click here.
Image above is a pencil drawing which I then took into Photoshop to add other imagery. PhenoHead © Roxana Villa.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
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I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to read this talk by Jill Bolte Taylor. My mother had a massive stroke at the age of 40; she had been ill and the next thing I knew, I was looking at her laying in the rest room of our church. One half of her face was smiling at me; the other half was blank. She told me later that even though she knew she had had a stroke, she was trying to smile so that we wouldn't be scared. Of course, we were terrified. Her stroke was in the left brain, so her right side has been somewhat affected - she has no sense of texture there and though she still has great motor skills, she can't tell if she's holding something, or if she's being burned, or if someone is softly stroking her hand. As a result, almost all sensation on her right side feels like pain. And all of that is due to one little blood vessel somewhere in her brain, that had a really bad moment twenty years ago. The human body never ceases to amaze me.
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