This work was shown on Diagnosing Loss, curated by Nina Liebenberg. The work used the body scans that I inherited from my deceased parents after they died within 3 days of each other in January 2021.
The exhibition attempted to understand, navigate, calculate, and represent what we understand as loss. It took, as its point of departure, the research conducted by social scientist Halina Suwalowska (Exeter College, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford) and artist Anna Suwalowska (Royal College of Art). The paintings featured (from their show Beyond the Body) examine the procedure of the autopsy as a last act of trying to understand the loss of life, and they grapple with how scientific and ethical standards on this procedure have changed over time and the dilemmas it poses to different cultures. Diagnosing Loss extended these ideas by bringing together a number of artworks from Michaelis School of Fine Art staff, students, and graduates, along with objects sourced from the university’s Physics, Pathology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Special Collections, Anatomy, and Biological Sciences Departments. These artworks and objects convey the different ways disciplines study and represent, but ultimately fail, at diagnosing loss.