The image of the fundus of the eye, as seen through an ophthalmoscope, is etched into a slightly convex and concave silver disc. We recognize the retina, with its branching blood vessels, the macula (yellow spot) towards the edge and, at the centre, the point where the optic nerve leaves the eye.

The retina – the tissue lining the back of the eye – receives light rays entering through the pupil. Its light-sensitive cells generate signals which are transmitted via the optic nerve to the brain, where they are translated into visual perceptions.

Seeing gives rise to images and colours in the brain which provide us with information about our surroundings. Seeing, however, is a complex process which also involves comparing information and checking it against memory. Seeing can trigger enlightenment, astonishment and recognition. My work called Retina is a homage to the eye, the organ of light.


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