CARDIO-ACTIVE

CARDIO – ACTIVE was funded by the Wellcome Trust, as a research and development project, within their ‘sciart’ initiative, which promotes and supports collaborative art and science projects. It was based in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge where work was created by Pauline and by Judith Palmer, writer.

The scientific advisor for the project was Dr. Jeremy Skepper and additional guidance was given by John Bridger, clinician and Dr. Laszlo Hegyi, pathologist, Imperial College, London.

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The project explored the form and structure of the human heart and the changes that occur, particularly at the cellular level, when normal function ceases. Structures within the heart were interwoven with micro and macro photographic images of the foxglove. This plant [Digitalis purpurea and lanata] is the source of the family of vital cardio-active drugs that have been used in the last 250 years to treat heart arrythmias and heart failure.

Microscopy, the visualisation of activity, structure and processes, is the most aesthetic of all the sciences. This project therefore provides for a happy meeting of disciplines. It has broadened my use of the visual language bringing another dimension to my use of images and to the development of microscopic imaging.
Dr. Jeremy Skepper.
Technical Director of the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre, University of Cambridge

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Digitalis vesalius  2006  Digital photomontage  inkjet print  1800mm x 2000mm   Corollular Valve  Lambda print  2006  Digital mixed media montage   1200mms x 1800mms   In the Heart of Flower  2006  Digital mixed media montage  Archival Inkjet print on paper 850mm x 600mm

Heart Stopping  2007  Digital photomontage  Lambda Print  1200mm x 1400mm   The Seed  2009  Digital Photomontage composite of colour enhanced scanning electron micrographs printed onto 2 panels  Lambda Print  1880mm x 3430mm   Pollen on Petal  2009  Digital photomontage, a sequence of colour enhanced scanning electron micrographs  Lambda Print  500mm x 1270mm

Found - A Secret Heart  2009  Colour enhanced scanning electron micrograph Light-box image no.1 (first of pair), Digital C-Type photograph  300mm x 410mm   The Secret Heart  2009  Colour enhanced scanning electron micrograph Light-box image no.2 (second of pair), Digital C-Type photograph and Animation  200mm x 255mm   Digitalis : Changing the Rhythm  2009  Digital photomontage  Lambda Print  1230mm x 2165mm

Fusion No 1  2009  Archival inkjet print  Digital montage  600mm x 890mm   Fusion No 2  2009  Archival inkjet print  Digital montage  600mm x 890mm   The Opening Heart  2012  Archival inkjet print  Digital montage  380mm x 540mm
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Drawings of the heart made in the Anatomy Procedures Room.

Interior of the Left Ventricle  2005  Pencil on paper  340mm x 500mm    Mitral Valve  2005  Pencil on paper  280mm x 220mm    Tricuspid Valve with Calcification  2005  Pencil on paper  270mm x 220mm

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