My idea for this project came from images made by MRI scanners (Functional magnetic resonance imaging). These are digital snap-shots that record changes in the brain and help doctors diagnose potential conditions. They are also multicoloured mosaics which look rather beautiful. So I decided to take this modern digital tool to make an analog piece of art.
I began by drawing a pencil grid on a board and set about sticking 1,508 pieces of 1cm square paper to it.
|Dividing up the squares on the printout and on the board.|
|Colours begin to build up the core of the brain.|
|I ticked off each square to avid confusion.|
|Reaching the skull.|
|Near completion the image becomes clear.|
After a lot of cutting and sticking I scanned the result (at 600 dpi). I then had a high quality print (giclée) made to fit into the envelope the appeal had provided.
|Middle row, second from the right.|
|Opening night at the Oxo Tower.|
Private view for the contributors.
|Final print reduced from the original image.|
All the entires were displayed in the Oxo Tower gallery on the Southbank in London. They were displayed anonymously and sold for £80 each to raise money for the appeal.