Through medical imaging …

Human memories are recorded mostly through photograph, which often becomes a form of art, Recently, artist generates new kind of art which using medical imaging to produce art. Science aims to make the matter more meaningful within human eye cognition. Therefore, through medical imaging, artist can illustrate the unseen scenes. In that breadth, new ideas will enhance the motivation to break the boundaries of the artistic phenomenon concerning the human body. Interpreting medical scenes in a language that the public can understand will fit in the scope of art, which is more relatable to them. This will also change how ordinary people interact with medicine. 

I think that analysing medical imaging is very important not just for a medical reason but for looking at the system of the human body as an artist. When I first saw my skeleton three months ago, I wondered how it could be a resource of me as an artist, and now as a researcher. My own x-rays are my source material which has a shadowy and mysterious beauty, not limited by their straightforward, back-to-front point of view, but through my identity as a Saudi woman. I do not want it to be personal, I want to draw my DNA as I saw it in a more revealing perspective. The perception of distinction leads me to characterise my artwork within uniqueness goals.

The idea is to use higher-resolution medical imaging for creating art through the identity of a Saudi woman. Some example of these technologies is artificial intelligence technology (magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI), augmented and virtual reality (Open Sight: an AR system), three-dimensional printing, cinematic rending and digital twinning. I am fascinated by the marvellous medical imaging of bones, blood cells, body temperature and brain waves. I am motivated not only by their inherent beauty but also by the theory of the collaboration between art and science being the third culture.

Art and medicine are both human attempts to understand and describe the human phenomenon. They both seek to promote and maintain health and well-being. A clinician works directly with patients in a healthcare setting. An artist is a kind of psychotherapist who deals with mental health, depression, stress and chronic pain. My interest in science is about transforming data into emotion. I imagine the space as I go through my body to explore what is invisible in it, what is my fears, my doubts and my motives.

It is trying to grasp the logic of science to build the space in an emotional and integrated manner. I want to create a mutual dialogue with the public to examine how to receive contemporary art. This means we are going to collaborate, and they might become a co-author with me. What they see is entirely up to them, I will not force them to understand me. I will listen to them; I will try to understand them, and through their feedback, I will find a new idea of what they want to know about their body. It is a kind of series following each other, and it is endless.

We are sharing a lot of health information at once, but I will take one thing that speaks to us and blow it up. I want to make something complex seem understandable for the public. To translate a medical scan or a radiation image into something that the public can hear and can touch. My interpretations of medical images might impact my own creative responses to absorb contemporary art within my identity. I find myself in the art of science and medicine, and I find the possibilities endless, and the overlapping between art and science can make both better. 

I am trying to integrate art and medicine to create art using the human body and medical phenomena; art and science are very similar in that they are both extremely creative fields which explore new ideas and break boundaries. Art and science have the same motivation. They are a human effort to describe the world around us and how we experience it. There is a relationship between art and science which runs through the length of human history, they inform one another.

I have been exploring these ideas primarily with my own medical images made during my pregnancy. I have also collected images from friends and relatives to make ‘creationism’ part of an ongoing collection of works seeking to express the beauty of created foetuses. It will be a series of portraits of unborn human babies made through medical imaging to respond to the process of human creation. The result of a desire to expand the theory of creation from nothingness by engaging AI as a contemporary artistic practice. I shall collect medical images of the process of creation in nature to move the viewers to a distant and abstract place and enable them to interact directly with the work. 

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