Anatomical illustration has a long and rich history. Even with the advent of digital media, old textbooks like Gray’s Anatomy have a way of continually charming us with a sense of wonder and nostalgia. Although I have no formal training in medical anatomy, I am continually fascinated by the images of various bodily structures. My work utilizes the tradition of flap anatomy to engage the viewer kinetically. Historically, this format was intended to be descriptive of an actual cadaver and function as a teaching tool for medical students. The peeling back of successive layers not only mimics the act of dissection, but also invites curiosity. Individual organs (kidney, liver, lungs, stomach, eye, gallbladder, brain, heart) are isolated against a colorful transparent “cell”, imbuing each one with a sense of preciousness. The organs transform when each piece is moved to delight the viewer.
|Place of Publication||Tigard, Oregon|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Hardcover codex with concertina|
|Medium/ Materials||Etching, watercolor, collage, beeswax, colored transparency, hand marbled paper, sun print, linen thread|
|Paper Stock||White Strathmore, Tyvek, vellum|
|Number of Pages||10 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||7.25 x 7.25 x 1.25 inches closed.|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|