Nola Avienne

Brain Maps

Brain Maps is a series of large-scale watercolors extrapolated from MRI imagery of my brain.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.

Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in your body. Radio waves cause these aligned atoms to produce very faint signals, which are used to create cross-sectional MRI images — like slices in a loaf of bread. It is in these slices that this series of paintings evolved.

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 Brain Map no.1 (satori)   2014. Watercolor on vellum. 36”x 36” 
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 Brain Map no.2 (serene)   2014. Watercolor on vellum. 42”x 36” 
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 Brain Map no.3 (bee tending)   2014. Watercolor on vellum. 36”x 36” 
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 Brain Map no.4 (circulatory)   2014. Watercolor on vellum. 42”x 36” 
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 Brain Map no.5 (distracted)   2014. Watercolor on vellum. 42”x 36” 
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 Brain Map no.6 (Xanadu)   2014. Watercolor and eyeshadow on vellum. 42”x 36” 
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 Brain Map no.7 (Satie: Gnossiennes No. 5)   2015. Watercolor on vellum. 42”x 36” 
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 Brain Map no.8 (floral department)   2015. Watercolor on vellum. 42”x 36” 
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 thought pattern no.1   2015. Watercolor on vellum. 20”x 16” 
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 thought pattern no.2 (in passing, past)   2015. Watercolor on vellum. 18”x 15” 
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 thought pattern no.5 (hiding from August)   2015. Watercolor on vellum. 18”x 15” 
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 thought pattern no.4 (synapse)   2015. Watercolor on vellum. 18”x 15”