A series of cyanotypes that has stayed with me since seeing them for the first time at the International Print Biennale this summer, Emma Hunter‘s hauntingly beautiful echoes of biomedical imagery, Solve et Coagula, are everything a print portfolio should be.
The series, part of Stream, a larger collaboration with cardiovascular magnetic resonance reader, Dr Philip Kilner, captures the movement of blood through the human heart in ghostly white strokes in a deep blue ocean-like environment. The images show only the movement of fluid, but the flow shows the boundaries of the developing muscles that are propelling and directing the continuation of life.
With this project, the UK-based artist, “[invites] audiences to make visual connections between our inner and outer landscapes; the micro and macro, and to consider the biomedical and ecological implications of these connections.”
What: Solve et Coagula
Where: on display at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London
Ambiance: like images of galaxies, complex structures made visible by light and movement