The Beauty in Negative Space: Synapses
Serena Scapagnini is an artist. She was born and raised in Rome, where she completed university studies in semiotics and religion studies. Despite her young age, her career has already brought her to travel the world: from formalizing her art studies in Paris and New York, to exhibiting her works in India, Hungary, Sweden, Italy and in the United States.
I met Serena at New York's Studio Vandome Art Gallery during the exhibition of her latest project: Synapses.
Synapses is an exploration of reality and how we perceive it, a journey through consciousness. The viewer's attention is guided through a porthole (see above) and into the depths of the mind... literally. On canvases that resemble the veiny surface of marble, Serena paints an intertwined network of neurons - interpretations of real neurological scans captured by a neuroscience team at the Yale University School of Medicine. Serena uses this framework to contemplate the negative space, or the synapse, where neurons communicate and dreams are born.
What begins as an artistic interpretation of neurological imagery unfolds to reveal a whimsical dream sequence spilling from one neuron to the next. Bearded men, flying birds, knitting women and abandoned houses seamlessly emerge from what (at a distance) seems to be a simple image of a neuron. Therein an allegory for the profound depths of human consciousness is born - its ambiguous harmony and its organic beauty.
You can view more of Serena's works on her website, HERE.