Using Famous Paintings to Detect Early Signs of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s from Hyperallergic

Art is an evidence of life. A psychology research team detected early sings of neurological degeneration by analyzing visual images. It’s interesting to see art being used not as a reflection of society, but a tool to examine one’s health status, and presents a new direction for the future therapy and medication.

In art, the individual brushstrokes self-replicate throughout the painting, creating form, space, and pattern — rather like an artist’s handwriting, but a handwriting which can also require fractal movements from the fingers, hands, arms, and in some cases entire body. We have found that the rhythm of these fractal patterns are captured for eternity in the painting, almost like a DNA footprint. We have found that this ‘code’ stays with an artist even if they change genre.

Basically this thing called “fractals” acting as fingerprints stay with you for life despite age, change of painting style or even medium. However, it was different for those artists who suffered from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. In the later works of Salvador Dali’s, his fractals disappeared, which were once evident in his early works.

This research is rather based on scientific method, but reminds me of artist Felix Gonzalez Torress’ quote:  “Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art. ”

Written by Joomi Lee, BBuzzArt Marketing

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Author: Joomie Lee

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