PhD Researchers Wall Murals. Once I had taken all their portraits inside and outside the laboratory and received their own images from their work, I started to work on how to best represent the work. I had in mind perspective, size of viruses and bacteria and had a good idea of each of the researchers focus from their work from a short discussion with each of them on the first day of the shoot. Later they sent me biographies of their key interests which helped too.
I decided to present their work as wall murals, this in some way started to allow me to think about perspective, the size of the bacteriophages, for example, with a scale and presenting on a wall gave me a sense of the size and contribution of the individuals work. We had in early Zoom meetings discussed the importance of the differences between their work too, even if they were working towards the same goals.
Daniel’s focus was on bacteria in the gut, whilst the other three were focused more on viruses, the natural and unnatural microbiomes. Whilst Ernie focused on the underlying aetiology of M.E/CFS and viral pathogenesis, Katherine focused on the immune system and had produced lots of work on mapping of IgG ( immunoglobulins ) and the guts proximity to the lymphatic and nervous systems. Fiona spent time working with the viral components of the microbiome and spent some time with bioinformatics, which would have been wonderful to see, but she was on maternity leave and unable to spend the same time with us as the others. The resulting images are below.
From the researchers wall murals, I then started to think about the abstract version of each of their pieces of work and how I could some how deliver images that were less personal and more universal to all. That somehow, they would represent the science, but at the same time allow everyone a glimpse into the life of M.E Sufferers.
I have created imagery by ‘Mapping I’ the research work in a multidisciplinary and binary way, where one discipline is dependent on another. The images are an expression of the research combined with geomorphology and mineral landscapes, mapped against time and as an expression of emotion and place.
Three additional images were added reflective of the CISC and Shoot 1, of neurological mapping following post-exertional malaise. I added these as the delegates at the conference would not only be interested in ‘gut health’ as part of the research, but also on other aspects, such as respiratory and cardiac in relation to oxygen and energy levels. This is my metaphor of what it was once like, for me, to freely map the sub-alps of France and now with blood cells that are frigid cannot easily process oxygen for energy. I am sure others can relate to this.
Framed Images. For the framed images I decided on these below, the first image bacteriophage diptych as a representation of both viruses and bacteria freely swimming in the gut, the darker image representing the less healthy gut. The second image was not from any shoot but one of my own and more related to the work of Shoot 1 and the CISC, where they were measuring neurological affects post exertion, as mentioned above. The third image was for the table top stand and stood next to a book of images from the shoot at the Quadram Centre.
Trestle Table. For the small trestle table I decided on a book of images taken from the three day shoot. Here are a few examples.
Images - excluded. I originally considered adding these to the selection, but they were ruled out due to either repetition of bacteriophages, or decided at a group critique with peers who chose others in preference. The group critique proved really helpful. They all chose their favourite 6 images and I collated the results. The results were really spread, but it did help me rule these few images out of the selection.