Growth Cone, by Rebecca Kamen

ARTISTIC STATEMENT:

 

"Dialogues with neuroscientists at National Institutes of Health as well as researching in the Santiago Ramon y Cajal archives in Madrid, inspired Growth Cone #1.  Cajal, considered the father of modern neuroscience, had a childhood passion for art enabling him to create beautiful drawings of his neuroscience observations. This conical shaped, abstract sculpture is an interpretation of Cajal’s discovery of "growth cones" which he described as, “a concentration of protoplasm of conical form, endowed with amoeboid movements” (Cajal, 1890). The sculpture’s vibrant color and the complexity of its cutout network of forms, expresses the active nature of these dynamic structures."