In considering a way to approach (thinking about) red blood cells through an artistic research methodology, I’ve been looking at the work of Marcel Bessis (1917-1994) Professor in the School of Medicine, at University of Paris and Director of the Institute of Cellular Pathology.
Corpuscles, an Atlas of Red Blood Cell shapes (1974) is a series of 121 photographs taken through a scanning electron microscope that document the life-cycle of the Red Blood Cell. These shimmering black and white images are framed by Bessis’ text On the Beauty of the Red Cell.
Science, Dreams and Poetry (1979) is a meditation on poesis, and contains recipes for dreaming…
Reflecting upon these texts has led into a series of initial screen prints; where I’ve started to experiment with a process of working with liquids. I also want to catch hold of some of the surprising hues that I’ve seen through the microscope, on my visit to the lab. More to follow…
Bessis, Marcel (1974) Corpuscles: Atlas of Red Blood Cell Shapes
Bessis, Marcel (1979) “Science, Dreams and Poetry”
Leonardo, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Autumn, 1979), pp. 316-320
Cambridge: MIT Press