Deep Within, 2020
3-dimensional bead work on canvas. Made of crystals and seed beads on wire. Ready to hang. 10" x 10"
Like my previous work “Fragile Memory”, ”Deep Within” is also based on an image of the hippocampus, but this time it is a closeup. The hippocampus is a small, but very important part of the brain that is essential for cognitive functions including declarative memory, spatial navigation and contextual learning. What is even more amazing is that the hippocampus is one of very few areas of the brain where new neurons continue to be born during adult life. This process allows us to form new memories and modify old ones, as well as process stress. Both physical activity and certain common antidepressants reduce depression in part by promoting the process of hippocampal neurogenesis, making it a very important area of research for mental health disorders.
In this work, the newly born neurons (in green) are shown as they migrate through the dentate gyrus, and differentiate to form new connections. Given its relevance to our emotional well-being, this work also received a white jewel to represent optimism and became a part of the “Hope” series.