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Bamboo in the wind; an experiment

4 Feb
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Bamboo in the wind – an experiment in animation

This is an experiment!                   TO SEE THE VIDEO CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE.

in September I’ve been invited to exhibit an installation relating to my art-work. this is to be held in a gallery that used to be a bank. The old vault, a space 2×2 metres, has been allocated to this display. I shall project the animation onto the back wall in a darkened area.

In the video I hope to illustrate development of an image beginning with the introduction of an X-ray and moving through the layering of different elements – the collage. For me this has meant learning two different animation programs – Adobe Flash, and Adobe After Effects.

The video shown here starts with a person with emphysema due to years of smoking who developed lung cancer. Emphysema causes progressive destruction of lung tissue with loss of respiratory reserve and progressive inability to breathe. Even in the absence of cancer as a complicating factor emphysema is a prolonged, potentially fatal condition.The collage blends three natural elements related to the air we breathe, the sea, green leaves (bamboo and a gum-tree) and bubbles floating on fast moving water. Each represents part of the patho-physiology of this disease.

Through the bitter-sweet quality of these images I’d like to give an impression of the many impacts, both positive and negative that medicine has had on me over the years and how art has become my catharsis.

I am not sure what the final video that is to be presented in September will look like, but it will contain elements from this one which has been an exciting journey in itself. There is yet a long way to go.

Chest 106; Forest spirit

27 Jun
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Chest 106; Forest spirit

 

 

This image has a kind of Sci-Fi feeling to it – “The blob from outer space”. It just kind’a grew out of a variety of elements, like Topsy. In this work I hoped to explore the notion of chaos within structure, in which the chaotic element itself has a kind of inexorable structure of its own.
We often see cancers on chest X-rays as irregular rounded densities with fine radiating spicules. Occasionally the cancer grows between the normal structures of the organ along lymphatic channels towards the lung root (the hilum) where they invade lymph nodes which enlarge.
This picture contains two X-rays, well hidden; the first from a woman with mastectomy for breast cancer and previous cardiac surgery. The big red blob originated from a purple bird-splat on a window, presumably the bird had previously eaten some coloured fruit. It is connected via multiple fine lines to the smaller blob in the centre of the picture which is where the second X-ray hides. To see it the picture must be greatly magnified. This is from a person with multiple metastatic deposits in the lungs; both are therefore from people with cancers.
I’m not sure as to how successful I have been, however there is clearly a feeling of unease in the contrasting choice of colour and the erratic, rather diffuse mass bumbling through the trees, the broken areas of dark and light playing against each other. By rights the reds should contrast with green, and the blues with yellow. In this image there is very little complementary colouring and I think this causes further disjunction.

 

 

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