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.