Swab Drawings (2003)


See the video on Vimeo. The Swab Drawing videos (2003) document surgeon Francis Wells as he draws using a swab of patient’s blood, during open heart surgery. The drawings recall, diagrammatically, mitral valve repair procedures.  One appears fresco-like, projected directly onto the flaking wall in The Belfry, an art space in a functioning church designed by Sir John Soane in London. Others are shown on tiny screens between archways. 

Photograph of installation courtesy Bill Jackson