Neurons in the brain can look a lot like art if you don’t know what you’re looking at. This was the inspiration for Colorado State University apparel design student Nogah Seidemann’s entry into the 10th annual Art and Science exhibition at CSU. The exhibition was created to open up the connectedness between art and science, or as Leonardo da Vinci said, “study the science of art and the art of science.”
Seidemann’s hand-dyed textile with free motion quilting shows this connectedness because it is based off of a neurology experiment out of Harvard called Brainbow. The Brainbow process colors individual neurons in the brain using fluorescent proteins. This creates colorful images that, as Seidemann explains, look a lot like art, not research.
“I looked up pictures of neurons as my inspiration because my dad is neuroscientist and had shown me research images I thought were really intriguing. I was drawn to pictures from the Brainbow study,” Seidemann explained. “I wanted one where you would get the reference if you knew what neurons looked like.”