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Chest 118; Asbestosis

20 Mar
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Chest 118; Asbestosis

The original chest X-ray comes from a man with calcification of his pleura (the membrane that lines the inside of the chest and surrounds the lungs) due to long term exposure to asbestos dust in the mines of Western Australia.
All forms of asbestos cause lung disease but the type that is most harmful is Crocidolite – Blue asbestos. The disease is usually due to inhaling fine asbestos fibres over a long period of time. People exposed in their workplace are most at risk but occasional incidental exposure can lead to malignant change.
When asbestos fibres are inhaled the tiny sharp needle-like crystals penetrate deeply into the lungs causing slow, chronic inflammatory reaction leading to fibrosis of the lungs. This makes the tissues stiff and the total volume shrinks. The affected person gets slow onset of shortness of breath and eventually respiratory failure. The pleura may calcify and is at risk of developing malignant tumours known as mesothelioma.
As a child living on a copper-mine in Zambia I liked collecting geological specimens and treasured a large piece of Crocidolite that I was given. I would demonstrate the fibrous nature of the rock by pulling strands off to show my friends and kept it on a shelf with my other rocks in my bedroom. Even though concerns about the dangers of asbestos had been known since the early 1930s, they weren’t generally recognised even in a mining community like ours. Asbestos wasn’t removed from production in Australia until the 1980s.
In this picture I have used a spray-painted graffiti style and mixed blue colours with scarlet to symbolise blue asbestos and the malignant scarlet beast – mesothelioma: So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns (Revelation 17:3)


Chest 55; Pulsation

4 Apr

Chest 55; Pulsation

This picture is busy, full of colour and movement, the style of the background is influenced by the graffiti movement. The chest X-ray comes from a young man with a congenital heart disease that causes cardiac failure by affecting cardiac rhythm. I was taught as a student; “The heart is just a ‘bloody’ pump” the thing must be capable of running 24/7 continuously for some 70 – 80 years at least. This links with the base image which comes from a 1950s diesel pump engine. Those old pumps had a beautiful rhythmic thrumming, as a child on my grandfather’s farm I would waken at night and hear the sound of the pumps working through the night in the dark sheds. The philosophy of a pump is “The pump must run” the equipment must be reliable.


Like Graffito an X-ray shift

2 Feb

This work was a bit of an accident but I liked the hard edged effect so decided to keep it. It evolved from here – another series to be shown in another post because it changes form quite substantially.

The base X-ray image is from a child with a large abscess in the right lung, the components were segmented. For background texture took an image of cracked pavement stone, manipulated it for colour, copied and blurred with large chunks cut. These two layers subtract to give the worm-like forms, were then separated by a layer of spray-paint white blobs. Finally the X-ray segments are interspersed with the layers, producing an image that seems to move to the right.The whole image reminds me so much of spray-on graffiti that I had to compare it with graffiti artists;


Alice; Graffito, Source: http://www.tumblr.com (Artist unattributed)

Included is an example – hard-edged image (although much more representative) over soft sprayed forms has resonance with the cut-and-dried shapes in my picture.


Chest 44: Graffito – an X-ray shift

The helmet like outlines of the ribs in my image below link to pictures I have seen of Viking warrior armour. It is a tough hard-edged  image, quite unlike any I have done before. I am not particularly attracted to the image or it’s abstraction but include it as a post because it has resonances.

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