Body and Being 2004

mirror MRI

three installation shots

Jane Boyd


This work developed from the project Imaging Pain carried out at the Whittington Hospital, London.  In the context of the abundance of images of pain in the history of painting, Boyd’s focus lay in the paradoxical beauty of images produced daily by means of  MRI and CAT scans whether or not they portrayed healthy tissue.  Such images have a power and fascination, making explicit the pathos in the relationship between the human body to the human being.  Boyd began by exploring the properties of medical imagery; how it is created through X-Ray, MRI, and ultrasound to intervention radiology, and how it expresses yet confuses the identity of the body.  This work Body and Being includes an MRI of diseased tissue which is multiplied endless by means of the totally mirrored installation.

Jane Boyd

Jane Boyd

Jane Boyd