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I am hugely grateful for this beautiful and very personal review, written by Mr C. Lewis-Searle, for my A Long Table of Curiosities exhibition.

The room.

Wow, the whole room is a work of art. Visitors see the room as one. I was looking and looking for a focal point. And although I don’t see south American celebrations like the Day of the Dead pushing into these works, I do register a socio/religious – political events, looking for historical continuity, which arrives with the viewer.

The unconcerned animals, history in wax, refined skill in drawings, allegorical paintings of transmogrification from prime evil to the age of enlightenment are all there. And for that journey I would insist the viewers can only view for the first two minutes from the centre of the room. It seemed that the objects in the room were half way to a circular setting.

The objects in wax. Highly skilled pieces each one. A bit frightening because they’re so good. They generate an eternal primitive animism and yet simultaneously inform in points in modern clock time on in the painting.

The painting. If this isn’t a painting for the Tate I don’t know what is. It Lends freely on the left/right convention. Facing the work we see on the right the eros no hat serious freedom and on the left the entrenched, slightly amusing – naughty establishment who have a lot in common with other hatted creatures concerned with belief systems of sin.

Our Lady of ???? does not seem to be in the room. Yet.

Below the invisible horizon is the corpus to everything, body and brain being questioned. There is no dominant perspective. There is a battle going on in the depth and detail. More or less how one is on the battlefield.

The light of learning and understanding illuminates the darkness. For several reasons I expect a solar system depicted in some way in the darkness of space below the body. After all, what is light is the question from the body. Without light there is no information. Simultaneously we are all standing at the centre for a moment of loss and discovery.

Christian Lewis-Searle                                                                                                             Thursday 19 October 2017

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I’m delighted to have an illustrated article, Jac Saorsa: artist in medicine just published (October 4th) by Taylor & Francis in the  Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, online. The article will also be published in print form in the latest issue of the journal. Here is the link to find it online….

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/TmIs7YA2CdNkWbIfTUJ5/full

here is the latest entry on my site that documents my experience of studying the PG anatomical sciences program with the University of Edinburgh. Click on the image, or on The Loneliness of a Long Distance Anatomy Student tab on the blogroll here to find the full site.

the loneliness of a long distance anatomy student

This last week and the next two weeks of the anatomical sciences course focus on the skeleton. It is a, relatively,  gentle way into the course for me as the musculo-skeletal system is the one of the eleven body systems in total that I am most familiar with. The yawning gap between the perspectives on the subject – the art and/or the science – is becoming increasingly apparent as I am delving deeper and further into the subject, but I am excited, happy to struggle with the nuances of a field that has always fascinated me.

In the studio at the moment I am putting together a body of work for exhibition at the Anatomical Society’s annual winter meeting which this year is to be held in Dundee. I am delighted to have this opportunity to show a collection of drawing, paintings and wax sculptures. Here is the poster for…

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Here is the latest wax model . A left kidney with suprarenal gland and related vessels from the front. The vessels are distended and the fascia removed.

Here is the first post on a new blog that I have started today. the bog is entitled The Loneliness of a Long Distance Anatomy Student and you can find it here: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Anatomy Student

As always, all comments/feedback for any of my posts are very welcome!

Today I am beginning a PG Anatomical Sciences Online Distance Learning program with the University of Edinburgh. I have decided to launch myself into this because, although as a classically trained artist I have a grounding in superficial musculo-skeletal anatomy, this is not enough for me! I want to go further, deeper, and bury my subjective, qualitative and humanist mind into the fertile soil of the objective, quantitative and scientific field to find out what will grow from such a symbiosis. The seed has already been sown by my explorations into anatomical details in dissection labs both here and in the USA, and through my teaching anatomical form and function to other artists who  hunger to understand what lies beneath the surface. But now,  ‘subcutaneous’ knowledge must give way to a more thorough comprehension and for that I need what can often be an anathema to an artist…I need structure and discipline!

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This blog then will become a repository for my thoughts and for my feelings, for my frustrations (which I am sure will become close companions) and my joys (of which I  hope there will be some!) throughout the process. I hope that the posts I will offer here will be of interest to artists and to scientists alike because ultimately I am convinced that both need each other just as flesh needs bone.

I am quietly excited.

Here is an open invitation to all to a new exhibition at The Broadway Drawing School Gallery.

‘A Long Table of Curiosities’ showcases recent anatomical works, mostly life size, that pay due respect to the skill and craft element of historical wax modelling but which are completely contemporary in the way they are presented. The sculptures will constitute a new body of work, derived from drawings and studies that I have been working on in various medical museums, dissecting labs and mortuaries over recent years. Far from being gruesome or morbid, I hope these sculptures will demonstrate how a symbiotic relation between artistic expression and scientific knowledge has the potential to evoke a profound emotional response, whilst posing the question of how we, as human beings, can be at the same time so very different and yet so very much the same.

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 ‘A Long Table of Curiosities’ is kindly sponsored by Made in Roath 2017, which is a week long arts festival in the Roath area of Cardiff. The exhibition will run throughout the Festival week 16th – 22nd October, 10-4pm each day.

The Broadway Drawing School is also part of MiR OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND 21-21 Oct. 10-4pm. 

Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without a name
With no more strength to remember,
Her eyes empty and her womb cold
Like a frog in winter.

This is an extract from Primo Levi’s haunting poem, If this is a man.

It’s effect on me is profound

This is the continuing work in progress of a life-size figure that I am modelling in wax. The title of the piece, ‘without consent’, alludes to many issues around women, and women’s health, that have given me pause in the work that do.

More news is that I have just signed up to do a Postgraduate course in human anatomy with Edinburgh University! I have finally decided to take the plunge and study the subject more deeply so that I keep on developing my work and also enhance  my teaching abilities in the anatomy for artists course that I run at The Broadway Drawing School here in Cardiff.

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Here is the severed forearm and hand I’ve been working on. As with the head I started with the skeleton and built up the muscles and skin surface before adding a subtle touch of colour to the wax. The wax is a joy to work with and I have embarked on a huge learning curve in terms of its potential for the kind of work I do. 

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