The work traces the marks on a bedside medical monitor showing the changes in the heartbeat, oxygenation and blood pressure of a patient whose abdominal aortic aneurysm has ruptured.
Click on the link below or otherwise look up Fiona Davies then Selected work then Blood on Silk Bleeding Out. The first two images show you what the work looks like in full light without the projection. I’ve done this to give you an idea of how it works physically in space. Then the overhead lights are turned off, the interior lights go on, the projection goes on and then the audience is added.
A table top set up with viewing positions like a peep show allows the viewer to look down into a surreal landscape of homogenised real and play or pretend medicalised equipment, as it is washed by the projections of a slow bleeding out. The world within the surreal landscape is controlled and contained where its boundaries operate like a semi permeable membrane with some things held and others allowed to pass. When the viewer bends to look into the peep holes/microscope lenses set into the bottom of everyday glass kitchen and tableware the projections then show on the back of their heads co-opting them into the landscape but not necessarily requiring their informed consent.
The Drawing Room, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Coventry UK until 14th August 2016
Click through to see the Prescriptions catalogue online. Full list of works.
This book, Bleeding Out (Internally) consists of two parts, A and B. The sizes of the two parts are slightly different so it is not obvious that they belong together. Part A is a picture book intended to be touched, pages turned and held close by the reader. The images are representations of the sublime in the materiality of blood or bleeding out (internally). Part B is an instructional manual trying to make sense of a short, traumatic, catastrophic event such as uncontrollable internal bleeding. The patient and the witness experience this event simultaneously but not together.
This book frames an episode of bleeding out (internally) as the narrative of a very short illness. The physical beauty of blood in part A is coupled with the educational, instructional manual in part B to examine the differing body mind responses. Through the artist book format, the physical action of turning the pages and touching the images, the viewer is encouraged to have an intimate, physical relationship with the material. This book is part of a larger artistic project called Blood on Silk looking at medicalised death, primarily in ICU.
One of the amazing 3D printed models made at Biomedical Modelling Inc of Boston. Click the image above to see more examples in their gallery of works.
I connected with this company and the intensely knowledgeable people who work there at the 2016 Transcultural Exchange conference. I’m starting to think about ways to draw these processes and outcomes into my work after spending a morning doing a lab tour and then another morning working one to one. Very exciting stuff.