Phrenology by Erika Baez - 8 x 8 inches Signed heroes villains myth legends ani art academies fantasy
Erika Baez
B. 1982


Oil on panel
8 x 8 inches

Phrenology - A widely held belief during the 19th century, that the bumps on our skull were indicative of the characteristic or traits of an individual due to the separate muscles of the brain. Dominant or recessive traits were translated to enlargements or indentations of the skull; some even measured the cranium to assess the character and temperament of the patient. My interest in creating a painting pertaining to Phrenology lies in the evolution of our beliefs and how far our knowledge of the brain has come in the last 200 years, and how we pursue a method to further understand ourselves. There is much to be discovered but we continue to sift through the myths to get closer to the truth.

Erika Baez
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City