Critical Care Unit, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald
Commissioned by: Southern Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Architects: Todd Architects
Main contractor: Gilbert Ash
Materials: Artwork in porcelain with photographic decals fired onto their surface
Techniques: Hand made ceramics, photoshoped images
Dimensions: 0.6m x 4.5m
A series of ceramic circles with different images, textures and pattern printed onto their surfaces. These include photographs of close-ups of parts of the body at unusual resolutions (fingerprints, bone density,etc) ,abstract images of cerebellum, brain wave computer simulation and also include scientific images of the universe which often resemble macroscopic images of viruses.
Much of the scientific world is hidden from us. We cannot see what goes on inside our bodies and the beauty of the microscopic world is beyond the reach of most of us. I want to show, in this artwork, the beauty of science and art that is within our world. The images represented here are mostly from the microscopic world and include coloured pictures of some things people would rather not see or talk about. Scientists have the curiosity to look at these images with the hope of finding cures and helping understand why and how the body functions. What I want to do is to look at these images without any prejudices about what they are and to appreciate them for their visual beauty. These ceramic circles are grouped to represent the rhythms in the Critical Care Unit in the form a ECG heartbeat.