Shannon Pfaff


The purpose of this thesis is to take a complex concept and redefine it visually. The theory of brain evolution has been, and will continue to be in debate both scientifically and spiritually. Since the brain, or the mind, is the center of thought, it seems fitting that a search for unity begin here. Art and science, art and religion, science and religion, are not at opposite ends. Reason and emotion, instinct and intellect, power and surrender, can come together and exist in harmony. It is the goal of this thesis to explore how, through examining the inner workings of the brain, there can be a path that touches on all life's cross-roads. The human brain, when taken out of context, is a flower ready to bloom. The mechanics of the brain appear to be roots leading the thinker to the source. Some elements have not changed since the first being stepped out of the water, others have developed far beyond our warm-blooded ancestors. To move toward now, a look must be cast toward the remaining half of the world. The organizational, energy seeking plant kingdom, with its unique ability to adapt, has many lessons to teach. As opposed to searching the heavens for answers to life on earth, it seems more fitting that knowledge and understanding be gained from our true surroundings.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Prints--Themes, motives; Art deco--Influence; Serigraphy; Neuropsychology--Philosophy; Brain--Evolution--Pictorial works

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Lenderman, Max

Advisor/Committee Member

Bujnowski, Donald

Advisor/Committee Member

Peters, Gabrielle


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: NE2236 .P42 1994


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