Breasts & Brains: Omitted Anatomies

Exhibition by Marilène Oliver & Helen Gerritzen

Marilène Oliver works at a crossroads somewhere between new digital technologies, traditional print and sculpture, her finished objects bridging the virtual and the real worlds. She works with the body translated into data form in order to understand how it has become ‘unfleshed’, in the hope of understanding who or what it has become.

Oliver uses various scanning technologies, such as MRI, CT and PET, to reclaim the interior of the body and create works that allow is to materially contemplate our increasingly digitised selves. In addition to working with a range of different imaging modalities Oliver also works with a large range of subjects from whole body CT data of an anonymized subject to high MR data of her mother’s brain. Working with this variety of anatomical data and by rematerializing it as traditional print or intensively labored sculpture, Oliver explores the impact of technology not only on our sense of self but also on our social relationships with both our loved ones and ‘strangers’.

In her work, Helen Gerritzen plays with symbol and myth to evoke visual metaphors to represent and examine the female body in old and new stories. The images present and question the dualistic relationship of desire/transformation and power/gender, creating a tension between the body as a product of language and knowledge with that of the physical, mortal body. The work questions the female body’s long history as a repository of cultural, sexual, medical and religious meanings.

The prints from the series, Dissection of the principal organs and arterial system of a woman (verso), are an over-lifesize remaking of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of the same name. The copper plate has been folded and pricked as he had with the paper cartoon; each “prick” physically etched into and through the plate. The collagraph in blush pink, contrasts with the history of the etching and reminds us of the tenuous corporeal and symbolic “body” being represented here.

Antique anatomical illustrations of mammary glands from the medical text “Diseases Peculiar to Women”, and drawings by Louise Bourgeois created the inspiration for the tit series. The illustrations were reinterpreted as natural botanical forms, created using the painterly method of collagraph; these were printed on thin skins of Asian paper that are then glued to canvas or wood or formed into pop-up books. The prints will continue to be developed into print collage on board for this exhibition.

Opening Reception: November 2, 7-9 pm.

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November 2, 2018 - December 1, 2018