I have had some wonderful letters from other artists working in this medium, and I thank them. My present focus is to get the images into a tangible form. The first attempt was to visit a commercial printer who produces highly professional prints in all kinds of formats, but what they are doing is extremely “corporate”. They also had a “take it or leave it” approach and not prepared to experiment with different media such as hand-made paper. They did, however produce a translucent form which could be placed in front of a light-box and I may explore that area a little further, though what I think is needed is a small printer who can accommodate me (alternatively I could purchase my own printer – that could be fun)
Today I am posting some rather personal images, the first is called Near Death Experience. It springs from the death of my father who died in 1994. I flew to Johannesburg about two weeks before he died and he described to me an experience which he had a few days before. He was sinking into a tunnel with a light at the end through which he could see his sister Dorothy beckoning him. He did not tell me why he decided not to go that time.
The image contains text from a scientific paper detailing experiences of patients, it shows the distortion of time, the light behind darkness, the smile through the tears.
The next image is about a subject that has been close to me throughout my career. I have worked with tuberculosis in one form or another and been privy to the depradations of this horrendous disease.
The image shows a chest X-ray with severe tuberculosis superimposed on adobe mud structure, indicating the link between TB and poverty in the developing world. In the foreground is an extract of a medical poster common in poorer countries – a kind of cartoon that both informs the reader but also places the message in another place, it distances the target audience from reality. My aim here is to demonstrate the mixed messages politicians in many countries send regarding addressing major health problems.
The next image references the poster by General Idea in Tallinn Art Museum, which itself references the LOVE poster by Robert Indiana 1967. General Idea was a collective of three Canadian artists, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal and AA Bronson, active from 1967 to 1994. They pioneered early conceptual and media-based art, they are a prominent influence on subsequent generations of artists. Both Partz and Zontal died of AIDS in 1994. My photo of the wall decorated with this image does not do it justice. Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/sokleine/6285498149/
With this image I really started to get the idea of the use of layers, and I liked the depth of the image. The message regarding AIDS is there but you have to work at it a little to find it.