Brain plasticity is a wondrous thing, and may explain the age-old apparent connection between madness (or at least severe social dysfunction) and artistic ability.

Dr. Anne Adams, stricken by frontotemporal dementia (FTD), developed thickening in the area of her brain that deals with visual and spatial processing at the same time as the FTD was destroying the part that deals with with language.

Her visual interpretation of Pi (below).

Read more about her story here. View more of her art, including “An ABC Book of Invertebrates,” and an image of a migraine aura  at two Web sites: members.shaw.ca/adms and memory.ucsf.edu/Art/gallery.htm.