Authors of a 2014 paper in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that abstract art frees the brain from the dominance of a normal experience of reality, allowing access to otherwise hidden emotional or cognitive states through the creation of “psychological distance”.

Psychological distance is a measure of how far away things seem.  Experiencing psychological distance allows us to shift our cognitive state from concrete details toward abstract ideas and perceptual expansion.  

In my practice I work in a state of abstracted thinking with the goal of producing a visual experience that transcends the visual, evokes a sense of the physical energy of the universe, and allows access to emotional or cognitive states beyond the experience of normal reality.