San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dysmetria Of Thought In Cerebellar Ataxia 5
Sandra Pena de Ortiz
Photograph - Mixed Media - Fine Art Photography Coupled To Digital Manipulation And Painting In Gimp
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Dysmetria of Thought in Cerebellar Ataxia 5 is my fith piece in my series of Cerebellar Ataxia Artwork. This series raises awareness and pays homage and tribute to those suffering from all forms of cerebellar ataxia and for that matter, also for all those suffering from rare neurological disorders. The goal of the artist is to raise awareness of this rare neurological disorder, while at the same time expressing, through a newly found channel of creativity, abstract and surreal dimensions, the experiences, troubles, sufferings, joys, and grace that are part of the day to day lives of those afflicted with the condition.To those who also suffer from cerebellar ataxia, their family members, friends, or anyone set to make a difference in any way, take a look at my gallery and purchase any one piece with which you most feel identified. This particular image, is a wonderful example of the use of mixed media in art. Here, I used my fusion of wire sculpture art with fine art photography and in addition applied digital soft painting techniques with GIMP on a particular texture in order to produce this monumentally symbolic abstract image.
Cerebellar ataxia is known by several names, including spinocerebellar ataxia, cerebellar atrophy, and cerebellar degeneration. There are multiple forms of the disease, but all have in common the fact that the mayor cells (neurons) of this part of the brain have died and are dying. The condition is incurable and progressive, and may or may not generally affect the lifespan of affected individuals. I have come to understand that the cerebellum is an awesome and very mysterious part of the brain. Most brain scientists and physicians only know about the important role the cerebellum plays in controlling movement, balance, and coordination. The term ataxia means the lack of coordination and balance, hence, one name for my disease being cerebellar ataxia. Neuroscientists have recently began to acknowledge that the cerebellum plays a key role in cognitive and thought processes, in particular related to executive function and decision making, as well as in emotions, including anxiety and depression. Thus, patients with cerebellar degeneration, not only suffer from dysmetria of their motor function, which refers to lack of motor balance and coordination resulting from neuronal loss in the frontal cerebellum, but also suffer from dysmetria of thought, resulting from neuronal loss in the more posterior cerebellum. The concept of dysmetia of thought attempts to express the cognitive problems that patients with cerebellar ataxia eventually begin to suffer as the disease progresses and neurons begin to die in the posterior cerebellum.
This is what this abstract illusion tries to express without words. However, distinct from my prior Cerebellar Ataxia Art works, this one portrays what goes within the mind of those battling with the disease. However, it is important to keep in mind that the brain is powerfully resilient and capable of compensating and adapting and renewing. This is what has marked my experience having had stopped being fashioned according to this age and being transformed in the spirit of my mind (Romans 12:2)!
May 27th, 2013
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