2014 Best in Digital Art – Brenda Shih

Agnosia Meadow

Individuals with visual apperceptive agnosia are unable to group parts into wholes. They have damage to the ventral “what” stream in the occipital cortex. In this artwork, I have illustrated a meadow scene in which the parts of the flowers are disconnected. It is my representation of how those with visual apperceptive agnosia view the world. While those with agnosia are unable to see the meadow in it’s entirety, those who do not suffer from agnosia see the meadow as a whole, almost automatically. It is a reminder that even the most basic, yet important, abilities of the brain may be glossed over.