About this artwork
Palmer has developed a form of sculpture which involves mapping on multiple sheets of glass. Each sheet ‘maps’ a section of the brain, using information from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, which the artist underwent at University College London. Brought together, the layered ‘maps’ create a 3D image which appears to float in a glass chamber, and which can only be perceived from certain angles, disappearing when the work is viewed from the side. The result is a most unusual and highly objective form of portraiture with a powerful, poignant beauty. This work is elegant, ethereal, which develops in a challenging way the concept of self-representation.
- title: Brain of the Artist
- accession number: PG 3714
- artist: Angela PalmerScottish (born 1957)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Sculpture
- subject: Self-portrait
- materials: Engraved on 16 sheets of glass
- date created: 2012
- measurements: 34.70 x 29.20 x 13.90 cm
- credit line: Purchased 2013
- copyright: © ANGELA PALMER
Born in Aberdeen in 1957, Palmer had a distinguished career in journalism before studying at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University and the Royal College of Art in London from 2002-7. Palmer developed her sculptural technique while studying anatomy at the Ruskin School and has subsequently worked on many projects with scientists at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Aberdeen University and University College London. Palmer’s technique, in which digital information provided by medical scanners is used to inspire a three-dimensional image, engraved or drawn on glass, which reveals the inner architecture contained within an object.