Zooming through the human brain in space and time: a look at perception and memory processes
I also learned from Aude that the shape of objects (or faces) and the shape of space are processed through two distinct pathways in the brain. This is fascinating because it resonates with my understanding of brain functioning as a neurologist and applies directly to my work as an artist. I am thinking this may explain why it is so hard to integrate the background while painting a still life, unless space becomes an object to paint by itself. For example look at how the background is integrated in Cezanne's Still life with flower holder (left) and compare with Wettstein's Just an Old bottle... (right). I would love to record your brain while you are doing it. I would bet that when you look at each of these still lifes, the visual information is processed through two distinct pathways in your brain. The fact that this may happen after looking at it for only a few milliseconds, as the work of Aude on photos of objects suggests, makes it even more powerful.
This is part of a series of posts on the 11th International Conference on Neuroesthetics (September 2014).