Branching Out, 2016
3-dimensional beadwork on wire. Framed. 9" x 9"
Neurons have beautiful architecture, but are never actually symmetrical. Yet they still give a sense of balance. One metric of neuronal differentiation is the measurement of their processes called neurites. Neurons send out their neurites in all directions to sense the surrounding environment and bring information back to the mothership – the cell body. Their growth and branching can be measured using Sholl analysis, in which morphological complexity of a neuron quantified as the number of intersections on concentric circles, indicates the cell’s capacity of receiving and integrating information. This phenomenon can be used as a metaphor for someone leaving their comfort zone and expanding their horizons.