This is the last of the five wonder cabinet works in this series on blood, blood products and body parts. This final work links two aspects, the movement of blood and blood products within the body and the heart that ensures that circulation. The heart is one of the transplantable body organs. In many of the current prototypes under development for replacement hearts, the mechanism sits outside the body and in appearance reflects medicalised design aesthetics. In this work the beautiful double headed flask used in the chemical laboratory sits outside the zinc box of the work while inside a modified game of snakes and ladders is played as we try to make sense of the progress of disease.
Work in Progress – Blood on Silk: Total Artificial Heart (TAH).
First image of a work looking more closely at blood farming. I’m trying to capture the liminal space occupied by the loneliness of the those abandoned by the system and by others. She looks a little too much like she is wearing a uniform at the moment. Thinking of painting a pattern of small flowers along the hem of her dress.
Article written by Liam Mannix in the Sydney Morning Herald outlines exciting new work exploring changes in our blood and what they can indicate. I know that once someone has had a heart attack the fear of having another can limit how they let themselves experience life. So great news from this team of Melbourne based researchers.
Image of detail of Blood on Silk: Buy/Sell 2017
Video still from a new work Blood on Silk: Blood Running, 2018. The video will be projected onto the surface of a wondercabinet zinc box set on the top of a table. Part of the video of the running blood will occasionally extend onto the floor.
Images from two of the three works forming part of the installation Blood on Silk: Gore in the foyer of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith , Sydney Australia.
There have four segments of this programme designed to provide opportunities for an accidental interaction between an art/science work and the viewer. Visitors to the ofyer include students at the Penrith Conservatorium, children attending school holidays activities, workshops and performances, the evening theatre audience and casula passer by the adjacent park