Hoel was an artist long before science piqued her interest. She attended an arts high school in Natick, Massachusetts, but while at Hampshire College, she enrolled in a Neuroscience 101 course and was hooked. After that, Hoel spent time “running from the lab to the studio,” studying both neuroscience and sculpture. All of that knowledge about brain regions and neurotransmitters has spilled over into the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based artist’s work ever since. She’s arranged images of brain cortex slices like a swarm of cobalt butterflies, painted a topographical model of the New York City skyline with an overlay of a brain activity scan, and made a gif that displays a month of frontal lobe activation.
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