Julia Buntaine Hoel is a conceptual artist whose work is inspired by and based on Neuroscience, the scientific study of the brain. She is also director of SciArt Center, and editor in chief of SciArt Magazine. Julia attained her double BA in neuroscience and sculpture from Hampshire College, her post-baccalaureate certificate in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. She also teaches, consults, curates, and frequently writes about art, and is currently the Innovator-in-Residence at Rutgers University.

For Pollock (2017). 65″ x 65″.

Neuron data from Eyewire, digital collage. Printed on aluminum. 5 editions.

For Pollock, named for abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, explores overlaid neurons as abstract color forms. 

For Pollock (2017)


For Pollock (detail)


Territories 2017, 16″ x 24″.

Created from microscopy photographs, taken by the artist, of rhesus macaque brain slides. Printed on aluminum. 10 editions.

The brain is a world consisting of a number of unexplored continents and great stretches of unknown territory.”  – Santiago Ramon y Cajal

Where does the biological architecture of the brain end, and the phenomenological​ jungle of the brain begin? “Territories” is a series of brainscape maps that blur the line between the known – the map – and the unknown – the territory. 

This series is in part inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “On Exactitude in Science” and The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq.

Territory 1


Territory 4


Territory 10


Territory 11


The Art of Memory, Part I: Seals

These pieces are 8″diameter, printed on aluminum.

The Art of Memory is an ongoing, multi-part series I began in the winter of 2018 based on my fascination with the work of Giordano Bruno, a 16th century Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and cosmological theorist. 

The Art of Memory – The numerator


The Art of Memory – The Empirial Physician’s House


The Art of Memory – The Field


The Art of Memory – The Forest


The Art of Memory – The Heavens


The Art of Memory – The Peregrinator


The Art of Memory – The Quadratic Wheel


The Art of Memory – Zexius, or The Painter



All images copyright and courtesy of Julia Buntaine

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