Technology mediates between experience and understanding, and also creates the codes with which we represent both our environment and ourselves. Medical imaging technologies "non-invasively" open windows into secret depths of the body and brain, allowing visual interpretations of the interface between the visible and invisible, providing a connection between the external and internal dimensions of being.
I developed these "anatomies" out of systems from a range of sources including Diderot?s 19th Century encyclopaedia, Vesalius, the Congdon anatomy collection at Siriraj Hospital In Bangkok and the Comparative Anatomy Museum in Paris. The anatomies were hand drawn, then scanned and processed to create vector files. The digital files were then laser cut in steel at a factory in Bangkok during my residency at Silpakorn University at the end of 2008.
Architectural features such as gates, screens and security meshes are ubiquitous in Bangkok and include many traditional and contemporary design elements. These forms inspired me to create a suite of body screens, utilising the technology available.
I selected steel because it reacts so quickly to the humid tropical climate in Bangkok, it rusts, and the steel forms can be used as matrices to create rust prints on Thai Sa paper. The ?Inside Out? series explores the shifting spaces between reality and illusion that are opened up historically by anatomical investigation and in a contemporary context by scientific and medical imaging technologies. Edges and boundaries become permeable, allowing the inside out and the outside in.