For 42 years, Audrius Plioplys has been both a professional artist and a neurologist-neuroscientist. His art work is neo-conceptual: a metaphorical investigation of thinking and consciousness. With over 50 individual exhibits and 100 group shows, his works are displayed in museums, universities and major art collections internationally. Plioplys has transformed the artist’s studio into a neurobiology research laboratory: he has merged neuroscience with art.
Formation of Thought
Over these past four decades, I have been artistically exploring the origins of thinking and consciousness. How is it that we are cognizant of ourselves and of those near us? What is it that makes us human? How is it that our thoughts are formed?
The many layers of visual and thematic elements incorporated in these pieces mirrors our neuronal complexity and the depths in which our memories and our beings reside. The underlying images include my own previous art works. I transform them into exotic forms, just as our memories transform visual impulses into vast neuronal web-works. Multiple layers are assembled, modified and blended. Cerebral cortical neuronal drawings, superimposed and subtracted from the surrounding color, reveal deeper layers of thoughts and memories. My own MRI brain scans and electroencephalograms (brain waves) are interweaved. From neuronal complexity words, thoughts, and consciousness emerge.
The two Sybil sequences in this exhibit further expand my artistic investigations of our thought processes. - A. Plioplys