When five artists’ identities seem as one

23 Mar 2015

In general the production and appreciation of visual art has been considered to be a cultural phenomenon, but lately the possibility of a biological, leading on to a neuroscientific basis, for making art has been considered. This article investigates the brain wave activity of five prominent Pretoria artists, during the act of making art. In this study data was captured using electroencephalogram featuring the brain wave clusters of delta, theta, alpha, beta and gamma. Receptors were placed on the artists’ heads at four sites representing the frontal, parietal, left and right areas. A rise or decline in brain wave activity during art making indicates the activation (or deactivation) of significant cognitive and neural function. Whilst artists’ individual brain waves are idiosyncratic, clearly indicative of highly personal visual and perceptual interpretations, when compared with each other overall they present similar brain wave patterns. It is indeed as if the five artists’ identities seem as one.