Technique: an embroidered object, silk on microporous film 65g/m2
Dimensions: 140 x 70 x 25 cm
Display in an acrylic transparent box: 170 x 80 x 40 cm
..." Haemophobia is the irrational fear of blood. Is an innate fear of this biological fluid warranted? And how does our skin offer us protection from infection? Personal Protection Equipment explores the phenomenon of fearing blood in our culture and its place in society. It also navigates the boundaries between liquidity, capillarity and the body. Inspiration for this artwork came from the biohazard suits used by medical professionals in Ebola virus-infected areas and by the researchers who work with this virus in the lab. One of the most significant challenges for contemporary medicine, the Ebola virus, was first discovered in Yambuku in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Still, it was named after a nearby river to avoid stigmatizing the village. The embroidered red silk represents networks of blood vessels that lie beneath our skin. It refers to a fragility between the inside and outside environments of the body. Alongside the work is a disinfectant dispenser, which further reminds us of our fear of infection through our skin."...
Blood: Attract & Repel exhibition, Science Gallery, The University of Melbourne, 2017
Photo credit: Urszula Tarasiewicz, Joakim Larnö, Dan Weill