Medical Capsule 2010
40 x 165 x 30 cm
Semi mirrored industrial glass tube, sterile syringes, dynamic lighting, chrome
plated steel support brackets and end caps.
Commissioned by Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester for Altered States Exhbition, 2010.
The work is currently available for purchase or loan for exhibition.
Modern medicine underpins the health of society, providing us with the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of illness and disease. Medical Capsule is a pill shaped industrial metallic glass sculpture with an intricate interior syringes, appearing to 'breathe' as they pulse with illumination and interchange between visibility and invisibility. The cold, steel exterior is resonant of sterile, laboratory conditions.
The sculpture functions as a container for the incubation, preservation and transfer of its contents - a claustrophobic arrangement of sterile, regimented syringes with needles pointing outwards in a spiny manner, threatening to attack like a virus. This renders interpretations relating to the body's own mechanisms of defense and self-protection against infection. The work also references the intravenous attributes of syringes in the creation of human DNA banks and biological testing.