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Chest 116; Lobectomy

16 Jan
Chest 116 C Lobectomy

Chest 116; Lobectomy

I have begun thinking about the exhibition in September which at the moment is conceived as an installation; the allocated space a rather small, very intimate area. At the moment I’m considering projecting the development of one of my works as an animation, but am having difficulty working out how to incorporate the “story” without text or sound.

This image is one in which I’ve been experimenting, linking the various components – a whirl of sea foam, a large fern leaf, setting sun disappearing behind the trees, a spray of grass seeds. In my mind they illustrate the anatomy of the lung – branching bronchi ending in arrays of small grape-like bubbles. In the normal lung the ascini (Greek for a bunch of grapes) are roughly equal in size, but in the lung disease known as emphysema the ascini are very variable in size like bubbles floating on water. In the same way that small bubbles often combine to make big ones, so the ascini of the lung when damaged by pollution, cigarette smoke, and other factors, combine to make large cavities, useless for air exchange known as bullae (Bulla, meaning a bubble).


Diagram of the ascini of the lung. Dr Frank Gaillard, Radiopaedia.org

This chest X-ray from the radiology museum is of a man who survived cancer of the lung. It was taken after removal of his entire left upper lobe (lobectomy). The surgical clips and staples are clearly visible. He has a background of emphysema, the lungs are over-inflated and full of bullae, and the remaining lower lobe has over expanded to fill the space.

The images combine to give tortured movement with bubbles swirling around the central figure against a background of herringbone textures breaking up into irregular zones. For some reason it puts me in mind of Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures of slaves swimming inside the marble trying to break free of it.


Michaelangelo, unfinished sculpture (Image from sienamystic.dreamwidth.org)


New year Pictures

3 Jan

The Festive season has been busy and I haven’t been able to post the pictures I’d prepared last year, so here goes:

This image is called Fire in my Heart It represents the mystical association between poetry and medicine. The original X-ray was from a person with heart failure due to myocardial infarction (heart attack). Treatment for heart failure – which used to be called dropsy – with foxglove (Digitalis) is well known – another link between beauty and medicine. The image incorporates text which reads Fire in my Heart in red. coincidentally the last letter has the form of the Chinese character for big   see if you can spot it. Behind, and largely obscured by the rest of the image, is the first verse of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; “Awake, for morning in the bowl of night has flung the stone that puts the stars to flight, and  lo! The hunter of the East has caught the sultan’s turret in a noose of light.” This resonates with the rising sun image in the background over the area of the heart on the X-ray.


Chest 38; Fire in my Heart

I had fun producing this image, and it is a hopeful one after the darkness of many of the earlier images.


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