LEFT: Deep seated anxiety. Rebecca Harris, stuffing, calico, thread and tights, 2012.
Internal organs are bursting through the skin in this unsettling textile piece. It expresses the profound unease some patients experience when they see images of their hidden anatomy in medical scans.
Non-invasive medical imaging provides unprecedented diagnostic information, but it can also feel extremely unnatural to witness parts of the body that are normally inaccessible.
RIGHT: The Bud. Sofie Layton, 3D printed model of heart, vasculature and kidneys in 1:1 replica, 2018.
We often feel or hear the movements of our heart. Modern magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques mean that patients can now see their own hearts, and even hold personalised models of their own organs.
This artwork was developed in collaboration with bioengineer Giovanni Biglino, as part of The Heart of the Matter, a national touring exhibition exploring the medical and metaphorical heart. The project began as a residency at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Layton worked alongside patients, families and medical staff to explore the meanings of the heart, and ways of understanding medical images of the body.
Funded by Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.