New work in progress Blood on Silk: The Uniform of the Patient, focusing on the knot tied usually loosely at the back of the hospital gown in order to maintain the privacy of the patient. The fabrics chosen for this project range from translucent silk mesh, to thin white cotton and a more solid hospital [...]
The video of Blood on Silk:Import/Export
Click on this link to watch this video from 2017 https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/544561302 Photo Credit Rachael Samuels Blood on Silk : Import /Export,has the soundtrack of a reading of the 2008 Declaration of Istanbul on organ trafficking and transplant tourism. Among other factors this document outlines who can be a living donor to a specific individual. This [...]
It feels like Fibrion made from Silk is back again.
New exciting paper published 1st June 2021 in eLife. https://elifesciences.org/articles/5877 Abstract Thrombocytopenic disorders have been treated with the Thrombopoietin-receptor agonist Eltrombopag. Patients with the same apparent form of thrombocytopenia may respond differently to the treatment. We describe a miniaturized bone marrow tissue model that provides a screening bioreactor for personalized, pre-treatment response prediction to Eltrombopag [...]
Memorial/Time of Death
Finally have my video, made in 2008, up on my still under-construction website Go to this address to watch a 3'30" video where I question the determination of the time of death. https://www.fionadavies.com.au/works/corpus photo credit Alex Wisser video still of projection onto black wall
Fiona Davies, Blood on Silk: Surviving the Night, 2021, Video Still This image is from a long form video work that is one of the components in an upcoming installation. Here anonymised individuals with their face fully or partially hidden from facial recognition software queue for who knows what.
Blood on Silk Work in Progress – A stop motion set developed for the video work, Medicinae Vehementi. 2021, balsa, galvanised sheet metal, paint, resin and light. The meditative hour-long video work will focus on the emotional landscape of surviving the night, of being deprived of sleep, and of hearing the suffering of others. The [...]
Plague Doll – Covid 19
Kit - cut it out, sew two pieces together, and fill. Size variable.
So many interesting things happening in the biomedical world of silk at the moment.
In the SilkLab at Tufts University bioactive inks have been developed that can function as a sensor either of the body wearing a garment printed with the ink or the environmental conditions surrounding the object printed with the ink. Amazing stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=47&v=DM8JzVIN5Vo&feature=emb_logo 'The technology builds upon earlier work by the same researchers developing bioactive silk [...]
Article in Nature ‘Pig experiment challenges assumptions around brain damage in people.
Such a complicated relationship with pigs made even more so and with serious implications! https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01169-8
Why our hearts fail: new research
Australian researchers have made several new heart failure discoveries in an innovative world-first project examining cryo-preserved human hearts, procured after transplantation, in the Sydney Heart Bank. Source: Why our hearts fail: new research