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Chest 106; Forest spirit

27 Jun
Chest 106 C

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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