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Black and White with a bit of colour

20 Dec

I have missed out a couple of posts but the artwork is incomplete and I want to work on them a little more.

Here is my latest, it was inspired by a gallery in town that was asking artists to submit images with the title Black and White. I started working on it but somehow time got away with me, and anyway colour crept into the image.

The background consists of reflections of the sun on a sheet of X-ray film that we had been using to shield our eyes when looking at the 2012 eclipse. They fell on a sheet of paper producing beautiful waves of the sea patterns. The overlying X-ray image came from a premature baby boy with premature lung – hyaline membrane disease. This is caused by a lack of surfactant in the air spaces of the lung which, when in the womb, are filled with amniotic fluid in which the baby floats. From the sea we come, thence we long to return.

I love the feeling of a simple Japanese woodblock print imparted by this image. The inner frame has the impression of looking out through a secure window onto the sea through a fancy grille; security bars turned art-form. The linearity itself assumes the shape of a sea-creature, a crab perhaps, whilst retaining the familiar outlines of the natant chest X-ray.

Image

Chest 37; Eclipse Wave

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