The painting has six distinct levels, each interconnected and equally important to the whole. If particle accelerators could speak, they would agree: this first basic level is in fact not the first level at all. However, for a conceptual purpose, I shall say “first”. At the subatomic level, particles are exchanging energy, exploding in and out of existence like some unending intercourse of wave probabilities. Here…. no longer….here….no longer….here….chaos.
Upon the second level, one experiences the beautiful symmetry of Heisenberg clouds. In a haze of uncertainty, electrons resonate to Mother Nature’s unyielding touch. Without this delicate interplay of liberated matter and force, LIFE would not be possible.
Identity, molecular fingerprints chiseled out of an atomic heap of elements, this third level, the neurotransmitter molecule is the key to the gates which flood a sea of comprehension or storm a rain of passion.
An all or nothing event, this fourth layer presents a horn-like synaptic bulb sounding its message like a barrage of molecular heralds: FIRE!!!
Evolutionary genius, this most basic form of life, the cell, has ancestral drive for success a million fold stronger than any corporate lust for gold. Thirteen billion years of bioengineering, this absolute flawless machine separates symmetric from chaotic animation and is the ultimate role model of cooperation to humanity. How ironic, that the primitive sub-units that make-up this being communicate better than the whole being itself with others.
Ever since his earliest existence, Man has been puzzled by Descartes’ famous “mind/brain” problem. Can the mind or soul of an individual exist without this physical cerebrum? Similarly, can this organ be known to exist without some form of consciousness to comprehend it? The answer to this and other philosophical questions lie hidden deep within this sixth and final level, the whole brain organ itself. This brings us back to the first subatomic layer where it is not the elements, nor the forces alone that concocted such a complex entity. Only through a beautiful harmonious collaboration is it possible for even this one intriguing thought.