London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, May 2001
The series 'Host Infestation'
recreates the life cycles of parasites which use man as their host.
The sculptural pieces represent parasites at specific points in their
life cycle. They are placed in the areas of the building that equate
with the anatomical site that the parasite occupies in the host.
Parasites which live in the gut are placed in the canteen where food
is processed. Parasites which cross-fertilise in the lungs are placed
in the entrance hall where breaths of air come in through the automatic
doors and parasites which circulate in the blood are placed with the
vessels and pipes of the building.
The experience of the parasite, invading the host and finding the most
suitable place to inhabit is compared to the experience of the artist
entering the alien environment of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical
Medicine and locating themselves within that space to find the area
most compatible with their work.