Self Reflected 
Microetched print on aluminized polymer
22″ X 30″, 2014-2017
2022 edition of 25

Mirrored background (sets released to this point had this background)- $2995 SOLD OUT
Onyx glass background (brand new premium option, description below)- $3600 SOLD OUT

I am also offering handmade, 22K gold versions of this microetching. Please look here for details (hint: as you might expect, they are more expensive)


Microetched prints feature the spectacular animated reflective effects of microetchings and can be illuminated in any number of ways. Specialized printing processes replicate the surface of microetchings onto which aluminum is evaporated to give them their brilliant sparkle. The prints are sealed between two sheets of glass to display and protect them. As they are not handmade and are not made of gold like original 22K reflective microetchings, we are able to release them at a more accessible price than traditional microetchings.

Onyx Glass premium framing option– For the first time I’m offering a premium framing option called Onyx Glass. These prints feature a ceramic printed glass mask that turns the standard mirrored background of the microetched prints into a beautiful, smooth, jet black background. They are archival and have a very sleek look to them. Please note that both the standard etchings and the onyx glass etchings are identical in terms of the etching itself, it is only the background on them that differs. When viewed in a dark room, both the standard prints and the onyx glass versions have dark backgrounds.




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Self Reflected is the most elaborate artistic depiction of the human brain in the world. Through its meticulously researched and etched reflective animations depicting the collective activity of 500,000 neurons at once, it is designed to be showing you what is happening in your own brain as you are looking at the piece of art. This is what consciousness looks like.


The shots in the video are meant to show you what you will see when you have a fixed light source(s) on the etching and you are walking around it. Microetched prints do not come with custom lighting. Please see the link to the .pdf at the bottom of this page and watch the video at the bottom called “How to Light Microetchings” to clarify everything.

Self Reflected microetched prints come sealed between two sheets of glass in a simple 2″ wide black frame. You have the choice of ordering with the standard mirror background (default) or with the black onyx glass, the premium framing option. Instructions on how to illuminate them, an atlas and explanatory sheet discussing the brain regions in the piece, and a certificate of authenticity will accompany the package.

Please note that when you first open the box with the etching, you will notice that on the standard mirror background prints the surface is very close to a mirror finish and will be reflecting light from all around the room (watch the “How to Light Microetchings” video at the bottom of this page starting at 3:35 for an idea of what the standard mirror background prints look like in a room with ambient light and good overhead lighting. The black onyx glass framed prints transform this mirrored background into a sleek, smooth, jet black background. Microetched prints can look great in any circumstances with the correct lighting, but they truly blaze in a darkened room. The photos and video that you see on this website were all taken in a darkened room to show them at their best. All shots in all videos were taken of microetched prints with the standard mirror background.

As stated from the outset, rather than releasing one huge edition, we are releasing small sets of these microetched prints spaced out over time. This 2022 set is the 7th set we have released, and comprises print numbers #136-160 of the total number of 300 that will eventually be released. Outside of these, there may eventually be up to 50 other prints that are destined to be donated to museums, schools, educational institutions, or other similar nonprofit or educational ventures that will be labeled as “gift prints”.

Please read this .pdf for detailed information and product recommendations on how to light your microetching.

This video below also explains in detail how to get the most out of your etching.

Additional information

glass type

Standard mirror background, Onyx Glass background