Sunday, 1 May 2011

Art + Science

Cyanosis, Oil on Canvas, 140 x 110 x 15 cm
Cyanosis is a life-size painting of an absorbing and calming blue designed to trigger a response of shared experience in viewers. Dr Annemarie Murland's painting responds to research undertaken by Dr Paul Foster, who is concerned with the impact on lung function when allergic and chronic diseases develop in patients. This is of particular and personal interest to Annemarie whose mother suffered from emphysema. The sharp contrast between planes suggests not only presence and absence, but simultaneously notes the impending darkness as light fades.

Cyanosis was a commissioned work by Hunter Medical Research Institute. In July the work will be auctioned at a charity ball to raise money for Dr Paul Forster's research into chronic lung disease.