The multimedia works of visual artist and social neuroscientist Janneke van Leeuwen explore the models we create inside our minds of ourselves, others and the world around us. Through their fragmented and distorted perspectives, these abstract constructions of psychological states aim to challenge our understanding of reality.
She is particularly interested in the relationships between visual imagination and the social brain, and how this relates to psychological wellbeing and cultural identity. In her interdisciplinary PhD research, she combined artistic and neuroscientific methods to study how healthy young and senior adults, as well as people living with various forms of dementia, experience colours and visual art. The research took place between the Wellcome Collection and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology in London, in collaboration with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Her work is published and exhibited internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, United States of America, and China. Janneke van Leeuwen is also the Founder of the social enterprise The Thinking Eye.