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Normal? 23 Jan 2003 – 21
Mar 2003 Conference Centre St. Pancras Hospital
‘Are You Normal’ was a photographic exhibition comprising
three series ‘Private Income’, ‘Are You Normal’ and ‘Signs’.
Collectively the work explores the theme of the clinical gaze.
‘ Private Income’ refers to the sinister qualities of medical equipment
and the fear that they can evoke. Some of the equipment is old and
some obsolete but still retaining a nostalgic quality. The equipment
appears to be arranged for a specific purpose, awaiting use, there
is an implication of something sinister about to happen.
Are You Normal’ is a series of images directly informed by the
assessment of children. This work refers to scale; the medical items
look huge next to the dolls diminutive form. Despite using small equipment
and furniture the child can still become lost in the array of equipment
used to assess her.
Signs’ is a series of body parts cast in latex, each has a physical ‘sign’ indicating
an underlying disease process. A hand with Dupuytren’s contracture
indicating underlying liver disease, another hand held in the pill-rolling
tremor of Parkinson’s disease. This work refers to the ‘signs
and symptoms approach ‘ of medicine where patients are referred
to by their diagnosis.