Proximity, 2017-20

I am thinking about Edward O. Wilson's discussion of notions of free will and, indirectly, philosophical "mysterians" who create "qualia", that provoke the "subtle, almost inexpressible feelings we experience about sensory input, sensations and their related feeling tones that precede naming, i.e. redness before it is identified as red”; painting about how our minds work and navigate optical experience.  How is our being constructed by the meeting of eye and mind (Merleau-Ponty)?  


All of this dovetails rather nicely with Eric Kandel's work on "reductionism" in art and brain science, especially how the brain processes abstract art ("bottom up") differently than figurative imagery ("top down”).  

Acrylic on stretched canvas.