Wannan Tang

Human Internal Designs—Scientific-Artistic Transformation

The human nervous system is naturally designed to perform all activities in our everyday lives. The major information input and output unit of the central nervous system (CNS) is the brain. The smaller functional units in our brain are different neural networks and pathways that are composed of millions of individual neurons.

One important study of neuroscience nowadays is to visualize these very delicate neural structures to further analyze their related functions. Different parts of our brain are designed for different tasks, for instance the hippocampus for learning and memory, the olfactory bulb for vision, etc. In my illustrations, I try to visualize these natural human internal designs of different parts of the brain by using oil paintings. The representation of different brain structures or neural structures on the canvas demonstrates not only the morphology, but also how our brain undergoes certain processes. This combination of artistic illustration and scientific content offers a new gateway to transform these human internal designs into artistic forms for the public.

Fig. 1: Coupling

Fig. 2: In Vitro Labeling

Fig. 3: Apoptosis

Fig. 4: In Vivo Labeling

Fig. 5: Untitled

Fig. 6: Mitral Dancing

Fig. 7: Left: Herederos de Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s scheme showing the flow of current (arrows) in the visual and olfactory systems to support the Law of Dynamic Polarization. Right: Schematic drawing by Cajal to show synaptic connections and the possible flow of information through neural circuits in the cerebral cortex.

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