In my work I’m looking for ways to integrate the emotional and personal dimensions with the clinical and theoretical ones. This manifests in one kind of science fiction, based on celebration of the human body. The driving force behind my explorations is the tension I feel between fascination and fear of the medical world. Performativity and my own presence are important elements in my work, as I often position myself in the medical environments.
The images belong to the Living anatomy photo series, which explores the anatomical models and simulations used in medical education. Simulations of the human body in medical education are discussed regarding their fidelity to the real body, and they are employed in demonstrating the parameters of health and normality. In the photo series I situate my own body next to, or behind the educational model bodies alternating between being trapped in the matrix of artificial bodies, or manipulating them. Different layers of the body are distinguished and brought back together again, playing with the transparency of the body.
The images are created in the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth UK in 2012.