A (very) brief history of beadwork across the world

About a month ago, I received some interesting feedback on Instagram that was meant to question the "rights" to beadwork in different cultures.  The authors assumed that beadwork is a very particular type of art that is primarily attributed to Native Americans, as it plays a very important role in their culture. But are the... Continue Reading →

Attraction, 2019 – Stem cells travel to Canada

The stem cell revolution When I was in graduate school, I had to perform weekly dissections of neonatal rat brains to isolate primary neurons for my experiments.  It was not a particularly enjoyable process and an ungrateful one too.  After spending 2 – 3 hours meticulously dissecting a dozen brains under a microscope, I would... Continue Reading →

My new brain art project is off to the races!

With the exception of "The Brain Project", which showed the amazing connectedness of the human nervous system, I have spent the last few months fiddling around with some small home decor art projects while incubating the next big SciArt idea.  Then I spent another month thinking of the engineering logistics needed to put it together. ... Continue Reading →

My artwork “Fragile Memory” made the cover of Biological Psychiatry journal!

The secret is finally out! I am so excited to share that one of my favorite works "Fragile Memory", that is based on a microscopy image of the hippocampus of a Brainbow mouse, is featured on the cover of Biological Psychiatry journal!⁠ I just received the journal in the mail last week! For the last... Continue Reading →

“Sanguine Expectations” in the time of COVID-19

The Corona Virus pandemic has upended our lives. We were already facing global climate change and increases in the number of nuclear weapons. Now this virus, and others that may follow. Most of us who are fortunate enough to be artists don’t usually need to confront such realities. We survived 9/11 and Sandy. We have... Continue Reading →

Looking for inspiration for a new mental health SciArt series

This blog post was originally published on Lifeology on 7/16/20. For the past few months, I have been dabbling in small projects here and there, but have kind of put an unintentional hold on my real SciArt. Of course, I created the sculpture for “The Brain Project” for a summer exhibition in Toronto. But otherwise... Continue Reading →

The Brain Project – I am finally allowed to share it!

The contest "The Yogen Früz Brain Project [is] a city-wide Toronto art exhibit, [and] is celebrating its fifth year with exciting, thought-provoking works of art that raise awareness about brain health and critical funding for research at Baycrest for Alzheimer’s and related dementias." Earlier this year, my proposal got accepted to "The Brain Project" by... Continue Reading →

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