Tattoos: The New Memento Mori?
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Sandra Ann Vita Minchin, a performance and installation artist, has elected to have the
painting Vase of Flowers (by Dutch artist, Jan Davidsz de Heem) tattooed on her back. It is part of her project entitled “Ars Longa, Vita Brevis”-“Art is Long, Life is Short” which is a direct response to her own and her father’s cancer diagnoses and the answer to the recurring question “What have I left behind?” Sandra explores her own legacy using the medium of tattoo, and plans a posthumous removal and preservation of the piece.
Gemma Angel, a doctoral student at UCL History of Art Department, will discuss her work in collaboration with the Science Museum, London. She is currently researching the Wellcome Collection’s preserved tattooed human skin collection, in her third year of study.Her research aims to explore all aspects of the 300 pieces; from the material properties of the skins as prepared specimens, to the iconography of the tattoos; to the social and historical contexts of their preservation and collection. This broad approach has lead her on some fascinating journeys through dissecting rooms, forensics labs, and private collections, as well as libraries, archives and museums in London, France, and beyond which she will discuss throughout this lecture.
When & Where
Barts Pathology Museum (Queen Mary, University of London)
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Prior to the appointment of myself as the current Technical Assistant Curator, the museum was in a state of disarray. As medical teaching changed to include virtual reality scenarios and more pharmaceuticals, the need for the study of anatomy and pathology pots declined. Without funding the pots and the infrastructure of the building suffered and it wasn't until a couple of years ago that a donation was secured to renovate the collection.
I was the lucky one who was appointed to conserve the pots in October 2012. I am only just over a year into a two year project so this should explain the reasons we are not open daily like museums such as The Hunterian Museum or The Grant. There were no real plans to have any events in the Pathology Museum but after I completed conservation of the first floor it seemed that an experimental series of seminars and lectures would be a good idea. With the support of my line manager (Steve Moore) and the Curator of the museum (Professor Paola Domizio) we have been able to open the doors for those events only as a means to begin engaging the public with the collection. In a year or so our opening hours may be very different so please bear with us and support us by attending our events as we fight to save this museum!
Many thanks, Carla Valentine