Neurogenesis by Louise Gresham

Neurogenesis by Louise Gresham

I am inspired by a remarkable resemblance and beautiful relationship between the structure and form of the human nervous system and elements of nature. I imagine the human nervous system as a tree of life. Briefly, the branches of the tree reflect the intricate branching, growth and vast collection of information pathways of the cerebrum. The branches flow into the trunk of the tree, which parallels the spinal cord as it holds vital functions and carries the flow of information to the periphery, or the roots. The entirety of my tree-like interpretation of the nervous system is personified–the trunk of the tree appearing as hands and the branching of the cerebrum forming eyelids–once again portraying all structures in nature as a single form or being, or a supreme consciousness of sorts. Finally, the lotus, held within the core of the tree, is a symbol of growth, creation and enlightenment – alluding to the remarkable plasticity of the brain and it’s capacity for learning and growth.

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