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Chest 125; Regression

21 Oct
Chest 125; Regression

Chest 125; Regression

The chest X-ray in this picture was from a small child with a rare condition known as caudal regression syndrome. This is a congenital disorder that affects children slightly differently but essentially the tailbone and/or part of the spine does not develop. There is almost always some neurological problem, the bladder and bowel functions often do not work, or the legs are affected, and it is sometimes associated with abnormalities of the heart, kidneys and gut. The children are almost always agile and cognitively normal.

When a parent discovers their new child has this condition it is often devastating. But the children I have met have been wheelchair bound with great personalities, sparky and lively, bright as a button, and very keen to get involved in sport and take part in other activities.

This is not a condition to be feared. As a 14 year old girl who has grown up with this condition says “I want to tell you it is not such a bad path, and will be for you, and your family, whatever you make of it. I chose to make it positive road. I’m not saying there aren’t any challenges, there are, but they don’t have to defeat you or define you.”

Having had so many slightly sombre pictures with muted colours recently, I have tried to make this picture full of joy and hope. It contains a picture of glistening glass and joyful street-art.



3 Feb

My work in this post evolved from the previous chest image No. 44 using the chest X-ray taken from the teaching files, showing a lung abscess. The process of evolution of the final image was noteworthy so decided to show three pictures, albeit I only want to keep the final iteration. I found part of the problem was that it was heavy and immobile, an impression that sometimes accompanies street art – good ideas but no movement.


BauBô Masks (photo by Martinage with permission)

I wanted to demonstrate the importance of a driving force in a design with reference to street art created by BauBô (Paris) (lifted from http://maratinage.wordpress.com/ ) In these  hundreds of exquisite individual mask designs are produced which, by definition, are static (we refer to a mask-like face – although there is frequently an inner turmoil within BauBô’s mask designs).


An Arc going up the wall by BauBô, (in http://maratinage.wordpress.com with permission)

But by applying these to the wall very skilfullyand by p0lacing them in relation to surrounding structures  the overall impression of flow and movement is created, (especially when applied in conjunction with another artists work) and this completely alters the message.

Please visit Maratinage (http://maratinage.wordpress.com) to see his brilliant documentation of street art.

Chest 45a C

Chest 45 a.

In image a. the background shows the effect of insertion of a layer of textured fabric over the orange stone background. It completely changes the image form, but it remains too busy, there is no focus, and like Chest 44 is a static image. It didn’t do much for me.


Chest 45 b

For image b. I removed the texture and inserted the swirl in order to guide the eye inwards. This layer is another modified image derived from Dale Chihuli’s beautiful glass art. Here multiple layers of the X-ray are still present, and it is too busy, particularly with the textile patterns. It is messy and lacks focus, one configuration contradicts the next. The swirl does help to concentrate attention towards the area of the heart.


Chest 45 c; Spiral

In final image c. a lot of excess pattern was removed, in doing so the algorithms changed and the colours become simplified and more appealing, now attention focuses on the patterns overlying the region of the heart, there is forward movement into the image.

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