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.