I really wanted this work to be in a place where the public would have instant access to the work, and that the work could be seen in a place that you wouldn’t ordinarily find art.
Rooted at the heart of any commission is the passion you have for telling a story. Creating a narrative that people can really engage with. My challenge for this commission was to produce artwork that explored the research that is being carried out in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Disease Research at Newcastle University. While also incorporating the impact upon real people’s lives.
During my time with patients at Newcastle University we explored words that represent how they felt about Mitochondrial Disease. The list of words that they produced was very powerful and emotive.
Each child produces work that is like a creative finger print. With their own little personalities shining through.
Patients from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research produced many of the images you will see in this blog post. We started the session by sitting down, having a cup of tea/coffee and we just had an informal chat. What arose from this chat was a conversation about how the condition affects them and their family and friends. What impact it has upon their daily lives, how they feel about the condition, how they feel about the research that is being carried out, what their hopes and dreams were for the future.
I find the process of using a microscope to photograph absolutely wonderful. You feel as though you are an explorer, travelling through inner space and looking for that magic moment when you will find the exact detail that you want to capture.
I know what you are thinking, what is Mitochondrial Disease, and in fact what are Mitochondria?? I was exactly the same and I had no idea how important Mitochondria are, that we all have them in our bodies and that we should make sure we take care of them!!