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From the artist:
RENAISSANCE is a life-sized self-portrait representing that which the outside world does not see. It was inspired by the regular MRI scans I receive since my heart transplant in 2013. The feeling of my body being encased in the huge ring of the MRI scanner always reminded me of Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, and the title of my work draws parallels between this iconic Renaissance image and my own sense of rebirth following my transplant. I created the multiple MRI scans in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen's Biomedical Imaging Centre (where the world's first ever MRI scanner was developed). Surrounding the image is a collage made of the gold and silver foil packages from the 7,300 items of medication which I take in the course of one year. This medication is my protective shield against rejection. Without it I cannot survive, yet it leaves me vulnerable to infection and life-threatening side effects.