Digital Iconography

Digital Icon

My latest article is out.

Art and Psychology overlap in publication, part of an exciting online magazine from the US.
Have a read at:
http://mtmcclanahan.com/ThePaintersTongue/digital-icon-a-portrait-of-the-new-evolution/

Latest publication

Check out my latest publication on online art magazine ‘The Painter’s Tongue’

My large scale painting ‘The Dream’:

http://mtmcclanahan.com/ThePaintersTongue/speaking-on-art-may-2014/#dream

 The Dream
The Dream
124.6 x 124.6cm
Mixed media
A winged being pursues her angelic flight though various spaces and incoherent
perspectives. Free from gravity and unbound from matter, this ethereal being
hovers through turbulent waters, furnaces and tunnel-like spaces. All four
elements are present in this composition: fire, water, earth and ether. This painting is symbolic of the
human experience, navigating through life, discerning through an array of
information, beliefs and identities, searching for patterns in chaos.
Artist and psychologist Sonia Ben Achoura translates her academic explorations of mind
and body into a powerful visual language. Artwork that conveys psychological concepts
and phenomena through her paintings, hence adding a scientific dimension to her art project.
Both historic and cutting-edge research findings are conceptualised in her creations,
covering a broad range of interests including meditation, dreams, human interaction
with technology, consciousness, well-being and evolution.

www.soniabenachoura.com

 

landscape of prediction

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Landscape of Prediction

Oil on canvas

₤1250

Statistics are pervasive in the contemporary world. Within most disciplines, meaning is sought among vast arrays of data, aiming for generalization. The predictive power at the core of statistics is the basis for understanding and harnessing the resources available in the physical world. Advancements in computer science have contributed to an increase recent times in the accuracy of observations, and most importantly, the patterns that emerge from the data. The inferences drawn have become increasingly precise, allowing to catch glimpses of a future in which predictable factors coexist with erratic phenomena.

This predictive ability would undoubtedly have been considered superhuman by primitive people for whom only a few privileged individuals such as shamans or oracles could supposedly foresee the future. Yet this novel divinatory discipline has become an established research process in most fields of study, a widespread practice of collecting and analysing data. The findings obtained from such evidence-based protocols are subsequently used to implement changes in policy and practice. In rapidly changing contemporary societies, statistics have proved an invaluable tool to observe and record patterns of changes. All aspects of Western society are, to this day, guided by research.

From correlation to Anova, mediation analysis to T-test, the methodological spectrum continues to widen, bringing about increasingly elegant insights. Whether high or low, scores on variables are assessed, revealing causality, or at least, the strength of the relationship between variables. with a simple graph conveying rich and insightful information. This dance of frequencies is scrutinized down to its minutiae: standard deviation, direct effect, confounding variables… to try and establish the probability of an event occurring. Was it cause and effect? Or was God the rolling the dice?

©SoniaBenAchoura

http://www.soniabenachoura.com

God Within

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Acrylic on Canvas with Painted Sides

This painting is inspired from neuro-theological research and the finding of
areas in the brain that activate during prayer, meditation and spiritual
experiences. The scientific search for God within the brain has yielded
some fruitful results: the finding of areas in the brain (using neuro-imaging
technology -fMRI scans) that activate during spiritual experiences, prayer,
and meditation. However, the interpretation of these findings is proving to be
a challenge: Whilst for some, these spiritual ‘hotspots’ in the brain generate
these experiences, for others, the pinpointing of these specific areas only
shows that God speaks to humans through these localized areas in
the brain. Scientific attempts to prove or disprove the existence of God
continue on…

©SoniaBenAchoura