Xrays 1998 –2000: 35 x 42cm.
The process of making these art works was achieved with the assistance of a radiologist both at the Hospital and later at a University. Plaster casts were taken from people, then reconstructed and taken into a radiology school to be X-rayed.
I have intersected boundaries, to reverse the image of the physical body in clinical diagnostics, opening up the chemical processes of the X-ray to resurface the identity of the individual being scientifically investigated. The formation of a two dimensional image from a three dimensional form, which can be seen from all surfaces, is a rare event. It is magical to be able to see through the figure in this sense, and yet still determine its outer form. Visually the image demands concentration and interaction to read its shifting sense of form from a surface to an object. I found an opportunity within these works to embrace ideas I had at the time around concepts of the body as a corset for light.