One Drop of Blood, 2013.
Handmade porcelain, glazed. Varying dimensions. 2013.
This project is partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Australia.
One Drop of Blood is a representation of the white blood cell equivalent to one drop of human blood. These cells have the purpose of attacking disease and infection. One drop containing a number that ranges between seven and twenty five thousand (this number often indicating the seriousness of whatever the body is trying to expel).
One Drop of Blood contains individually handmade porcelain cells, mimicking a high ranging white blood cell count. This projects scale and installation aim to overwhelm the viewer, while the use of porcelain connects it with preciousness and fragility, both of which echo major elements relating to the personal memory behind this work. This is overarched by ‘One Drop of Blood’ acting as a tool for raising awareness to Breast Cancer Research.
In the tradition of artist's like Felix Gonzalez-Torres; viewers are invited to take portions of the work away with them in exchange for a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This participation is intended to emulate my mothers dropping white blood cell count during chemotherapy, while raising funds toward breast cancer research.
Photography: Ben Tupas.
Special thanks goes to: Revecka Carnes, Lizzie Crouch, Bella Frobel, Emma Lamb, Gigi Panopoulos, Jennie Toy, Eileen Truong, Kylie White, Robyn Wilson and Laura Woodward, for their assistance in 'replenishing the white blood cell count' by 1,993 cells during a workshop of mine at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne. This replenishment was undertaken in partnership with the Science Gallery of Melbourne and London, while the project was touring as part of their "BLOOD" exhibition in 2017.