Artist Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat, meaning a genetic mutation in her eyes enables her to see approximately 100 times more colors than an average person.
“Around the edge (of a leaf) I’ll see orange or red or purple in the shadow; you might see dark green but I’ll see violet, turquoise, blue,” she told Popular Science. “It’s like a mosaic of color.”
Cognitive scientists are studying Antico to better understand human perception and how it can be shaped by this genetic mutation.
Below, Antico's painting "Rainbow Gully, Mission Hills, SD." See more of her work at concettaantico.com.
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