Neural Networks

What does it mean to patch a cell?,  ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
What causes autism?,  ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
How do mice show symptoms of autism?,  ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
What is the cerebellum?,  ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
Why do scientists use mice to study diseases?,  ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
What is a Purkinje cell?,  ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
What are other examples of the Purkinje pattern in nature?, ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
Is it true that we only use 10% of our brain?, ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
Can my brain be filled to capacity? Is it too full to learn more?, ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
Am I right-brained or left-brained?, ink, charcoal, graphite on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2016

These illustrations are part of an ongoing collaboration with neurobiologist Dana Simmons facilitated by the SciArt Center of New York. The Bridge Residency serves as the first documentation of a full and natural collaborative process between an artist and scientist. For the duration of the residency, Dana shared imagery of neural networks, her lab, and purkinji cell as well as text responses to various questions related to her research. Some questions include: why do scientists use mice to study diseases? what are other examples of the Purkinje pattern in nature? and am I right-brained or left-brained? Each drawing pairs with a posed question and response, culminating in a published science-art book.

Richelle Gribble just finished her residency at the SciArt Center of New York as part of our Bridge collaboration program. As an artist she collaborated with neuroscientist Dana Simmons and incorporated Dana’s purkinje neurons into her work, as well as developed illustrations which explain questions about science. Learn about her project in the video below, and read her residency blog at sciartcenter.org/group-2.

Dana Simmons, a PhD student at the University of Chicago, studies neuroscience and autism. She just finished her residency at the SciArt Center of New York and collaboration with her artist partner Richelle Gribble, in which she was inspired to explore the aesthetic side of her scientific research. Learn about Dana’s projects in the video below, and read her residency blog at http://www.sciartcenter.org/group-2.

© 2017 Richelle Gribble