(digital art, perception, and consciousness)
Altered States is a work of digital art that has been shown in galleries as a 10×10 foot installation, as well as a 30×30 mounted print. Consisting of colorful and complex spiraling fractals, this image was created by physically repeating, resizing, and moving around the structural formula of the powerfully psychoactive compound dimethyltryptamine (N,N-DMT). My interest in DMT lies within its thousands of years of use in shamanic rituals, but also the fact that it is found within many plants and animals, and even produced naturally by our own bodies. In using the chemical symbol for DMT to create the psychedelic imagery, I am linking the chemistry to its perceptual effects in which it creates.