‘Birds that feed on fish; their excrement will form the beginning of an oasis in which human beings can live, until the next stream of lava smothers it all.’ Manfred Eicher in Iceland. We have the artist Ilana Halperin coming to Mezz soon, and all her work in Iceland. Looking forward to it.
We are showing films by Phillip Warnell this evening at Mezz (www.mezz.info). He works with medical imagery and links this to the outside world. A man after my own heart!
I am giving a talk at Plymouth University tomorrow, entitled ‘Looking through others’ eyes’. Thinking about the breast screening unit at Derriford, and how the consultant there sees so much into the scans that to me look more like the surface of the moon than something anatomical. I want to work more with this gap between the two visions.
I’m working on an atomic model for quartz at the moment. It is one of the constituents of the clay that lies beneath the hospital. Quartz has a very regular structure that could repeat for ever, which makes the edges interesting. What to do here? How to break the pattern? I have made the centre of the sphere scientifically accurate, the edges aesthetically accurate. Sculpting with atomic model kits is something I want to explore further. They make you work in prescribed ways – collaboration with a dancer?
I am currently Associate Artist in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, an Arts Council funded post (2010–11).