Monotype Layered Gel and Ink Drawings
Glial Cells, and especially the Oligodendrocytes, the immune cells of the brain surrounding the neurons and providing support for and insulation between them. They have been the underdog for long time. They are the most abundant cell types in the central nervous system. Scientists now realise that their role is not just to defend, but also that they play a role in the developing brain.
The Oligodendrocyte’s main function is to provide support and insulation to axons, creating the myelin sheath. A single oligodendrocyte can extend his processes to 50 axons. They are the myelinating glia of the central nervous system. Myelination of axons allows rapid salutatory conduction of nerve impulses and contributes to axonal integrity.
I've created this sculpture especially for Embracing the Underdog exhibition at Q–Park in Gerrard Street for the Chinese New Year in Chinatown LONDON, the Year of the Dog. The exhibition was curated by Susan Haire from The London Group and supported by Geoff Leong Foundation.