The Body Ineffable 2008 - 2010

The Body Ineffable is a series of self-portraits created using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of my body. The MRI show thin layers of organs inside the body that I combine to reconstitute the idea of a living body, not just an anatomical one. I also use OsiriX, a medical software program for viewing three-dimensional MRIs. I am careful to humanize and personalize these images, which have a direct connection to trauma, suffering and death.

One of the pieces in this series, Vitruvian Me, is a pictorial composite of numerous scans of my body taken with a flatbed scanner that makes reference to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (1490). Acting as both the observer and the observed, I attempt to identify what the images can tell me about myself, and questions their use and impact on our overall understanding of the body and its experience