Claire Bennett has produced a new set of work which will be shown on 26th May at Creative Reactions, an art exhibition running as part of the Cambridge Pint of Science week. The work, comprising a printed glass sculpture and a series of original screenprints, has been created in response to the work of Dr Sarah Bohndiek, whose laboratory is researching new imaging technologies to improve the detection and treatment of cancer. Current imaging techniques allow cancer to be viewed on very different scales: whole body imaging indicating where the tumour is in the body and high resolution images at cellular level in microscopy. However, according to Dr Bohndiek, these disparate scales require a huge trade-off between sensitivity and spatial resolution. New imaging techniques are now needed, combining the technologies of whole-body imaging with microscopy approaches to connect all of this information. In essence, we would ideally build a detailed, holistic map of the body that captures all scales of imaging simultaneously. Claire’s immediate ‘creative reaction’ to this subject matter was to explore the potential of printing onto glass. She began by creating a series of drawings ranging from DNA, cellular, tissue and organ levels through to whole body scans. These images have been digitally printed onto glass and layered to create a transparent sculptural piece. The images can be viewed simultaneously and a 3D map of the body is conveyed.
‘Body Map’ (Digitally printed glass on Perspex base) 38 x 38 x 31cm Claire has also produced a series of limited edition, original screenprints. These have been printed in violet, blue, green, yellow, and red to reflect the role of visible light in the new imaging techniques that Dr Bohndiek’s team is developing.
Thanks to Mark Zaki at ToughGlaze and Anthony Millington at Cadisch MDA for their help with this project and to ToughGlaze for supplying and printing the glass for the piece.
For further information about the work or to commission a piece, please email Claire via the Contact page.