Jenny Eggleston’s visual art
Jenny Eggleston’s art draws you into the fold at the very moment of its unfolding… the dissection frame of a new (each new?) center of gravity. Calling us to consider the intricacy of expanse; the immensity of the sensually cellular, cell-level of the sensual. These are delicate entryways we traverse to the wholly unreserved. The massively subtle and unrestrained, the complex ethereality of universe, and tissues. For this project: as viewers-participants, in her / this art, where do we, as scientific, performative beings, engage with such potentiality? To join, and be joined, to hope, why not?, in some deep, dark place, and be hoped for?
Heart / flap exhibit
Duke History of Medicine Collection, Duke University Hospitals.
6. Derafield, Stillman. “Physical Diagnosis of the Heart,” p 24, in Manual of Physical Diagnosis. Duke Histories of Medicine Collection. Durham: Duke University Hospital. 2011.
EXAMINATION OF THE HEART. When we examine a patient’s chest, to determine the conditions of/ the heart, we must pay attention to the following things:
the size of the Heart.
the Rhythm of the heart’s movements.
the Heart Sounds.
Abnormal Sounds or Murmurs.
What is the thing beyond itself? In each of the curated pieces in the Duke History of Medicine Collection library, the artifacts’ interlocutors were asked to bring themselves into layers beneath initial encounter – what is the liver or pancreas beneath the layer of rib, the papery translucent page of skin above it all; how do our own fingers interact with the textures and history of what’s drawn in these 18th century anatomy “flap books”? In layers of experience, discovery, how do we explore the curiosities of bodies, cells, our interactions with them, in the fixed-unfixed?