I am a Western Australian veterinarian who has worked extensively in Australia and overseas with regular volunteer work in developing countries.
The idea of exploring x-rays as an art medium came from my personal experience of taking xrays and my appreciation of their intrinsic aesthetic appeal. It’s the simplicity of white light passing through a black void. Unfortunately these images are often at their most impressive in cases of severe disease or trauma where dynamic fragmentation of living tissue results in beautiful images of scattered light. The problem with this however, is that although they may be beautiful, it is not possible for me to enjoy them without feeling guilty.
‘Broken’ & ‘Shadows’ evolved to free me of this guilt.
My work documents the fate of many discarded, dead and decaying objects and animals. It looks at the material possessions we consume, replace and then discard by roadsides and in parks. I use the opportunity to search beneath the surface for beauty, meaning & understanding whilst reflecting on the darker side of society’s relationship with animals.
Throughout these projects, I was reminded of the untitled pictures of a dog from one of Goya’s black paintings. This portrait of abandonment and despair seems to echo in many of my subjects. Through the medium of xrays I was able to expose their inner decay. Lost and broken, they are shadows of their former self, floating helplessly in a dark void.
Special thanks go to Melissa Gordon, David & James Hoare, Steven Terry, Drew Penhale and Rachel Bridger.