Since visiting the BRAINS: The Mind as Matter exhibition at The Museum of Science and Industry, I have used this experience as a nurturing source of influence towards my practice within Contemporary Art.
I captured this photo at the beginning of my project. I was fascinated how the visual sensory perception can be manipulated and ‘fooled’ by the alteration of certain objects. If an object is altered for scientific enquiry and another for aesthetic pleasures, how can we differentiate between the two? After witnessing the exhibition, I decided to act upon the discourse of objects; exploring how different materials alter when experiencing a process, they may become 'something they're not'.
It is interesting just how much we rely on the visual sense to perceive and understand the world around us.
The medical artist Dorothy Davison (1890 – 1984) worked at Manchester Royal Infirmary with the renowned neurosurgeon and scholar Sir Geoffrey Jefferson (1886 – 1961) during the 1930s and 40s.
Medical art was flourishing at the time, partly thanks to the influence of Max Brödel (1870 – 1941), who promoted a detailed and lucid style of drawing with stippled Ross-board and carbon dust that was considered suitable for publication.
Davison helped to found the Medical Artist Association in 1949 to supervise professional training and development, which Jefferson vigorously supported.
I saw these on Tumblr a few weeks ago and HAD to get them as a payday treat. The illustration on the covers is fantastic, and so much more detailed than this picture could ever give justice to, (The spines make them aesthetically pleasing stacked too). I am really looking forward to sitting down and reading them soon, hopefully I can get some inspiration for my PHD application.
This tumblr accompanied the Wellcome Collection exhibition Brains: The Mind as Matter at Wellcome Collection in London and at MOSI in Manchester, exploring images of the brain in art, history and popular culture.
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