About the project

About the project

This blog documents the first phase of a collaborative visual arts project between artist Emma Hunter, Dr Philip Kilner of the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Unit at Royal Brompton hospital (part of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust) and rb&hArts – the Trust’s charitable arts programme.

The project will focus on water-flow properties inherent in the structures and dynamics of the human heart and blood system.

This first phase, funded by the Wellcome Trust and devoted to research and development, will include workshops with medical students and with patients of the Trust, as well as the exchange of images and words you will see developing below. The outcome will be a series of works of art which poetically re-imagine the inner landscape of the human body. We hope it will invite audiences to make visual connections between our inner and outer landscapes; the micro and macro, and to consider the biomedical and ecological implications of these connections.

We aim to produce a catalogue to accompany a tour of this work in 2014, before it is hung permanently at Royal Brompton Hospital in London.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Experiments in Cyanotype Printing

Cyanotype is a camera-less photography process. Paper is coated in a UV sensitive chemical, then a negative (in this case a drawing made on tracing paper) is placed over the paper and it is exposed to UV light.

The drawings which make up the negatives are a result of tracing some of the forms found in the suminagashi prints and making references to the drawings of the heart muscle fibres mentioned earlier in the blog.

Experiments in Suminigashi

Experiments in Suminagashi, the ancient art of Japanese Marbling to try and create a print of a Karman Street vortex, a phenomenon of water flow as an object is pulled through still water.