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Hildegard's Heir Jessica Baclesse

Heloise wants to be a great painter. To be the next Van Gogh, Picasso. But her work is mediocre at best and defeat is starting to overwhelm her. Until she is struck by a series of visions—overwhelming in power and beauty, fantastic and terrible. In a half conscious state, she rises and translates what she saw onto her canvas. It's what she needed, what she wanted more than anything—a direct source of creativity. Could it be divine inspiration, the way Van Gogh described? Heloise decides to tell no one, ignoring the cuts, bruises and injuries she has after each vision, only interested in pursuing her art. But after a terrifying incident, the creep of fear comes over Heloise. She realizes that she is at the mercy of the visions. She seeks out Dr. Dorie Dunkel, a neuroscientist at her university. Maybe if she can understand what is happening, she can control it. Dorie listens to Heloise's story and realizes that a perfect test case sits in front of her. One that could very well illuminate the murky area of creativity in the brain and how inspiration is born within us. Heloise and Dorie make a pact to dive into the unknown and to push past the constraints of traditional medicine. But as Heloise chases her inspiration further and further down the rabbit hole, the forces of art, science, medicine and religion collide against each other in this tale of investigation and obsession.


Writer: Jessica Baclesse





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