This image is based on an anime drawing, unfortunately I can’t acknowledge the artist because it was taken from a piece of printed cloth, the original picture is below, if anyone recognises the artist please let me know.
The whole idea of including a chest X-ray in my images adds a discipline that becomes a challenge – how to do it in a relevant way whilst at the same time making it coherent within the picture.
My picture includes a tangle of roots which remind me of the hyphae of fungi. This was teamed with the X-ray which was from a man with a fungal infection of the chest (aspergillosis). The variety most commonly occurring in human pulmonary disease is aspergillus fumigatus. A different variety aspergillus oryzae is known as Koji ( 麹菌 )in Japanese. This organism is used to brew sake and miso. It is this relationship that brings me back to the anime. The whole image is quite dark both in colour and sense.
We have a new building on our university campus and I was asked to submit prints of my digital art for consideration to be displayed in the medical corridors. I am of course delighted. Yesterday morning they had laid out eleven of my A1 size prints, on a large conference table. Going through them with the organisers and showing them how the X-ray integrates into the picture, surprised me to see them separately and together. It’s pleasing to report that they want several of the pictures. I now have to find ways to frame them without spending hundreds of dollars thus making them too expensive (universities seem to be chronically short of cash).