I have long been fascinated by the capacity of the human mind to see a face when only the slightest suggestion of one actually exists. A striking example is afforded by ancient Cycladic forms, from circa 3,000 B.C.E., which are no more than a triangular shape with a central protrusion, but are unmistakably perceived as faces. This ability seems uniquely powerful compared to other visual stimuli and has been substantiated by scientific research that has identified a specific region of the brain dedicated to facial recognition. These abstract portrait sculptures test the limits of this ability by presenting images that are increasingly attenuated from complete faces and plays on this concept, which I call “Neuro-Sensationism."
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