• SILVER,BRONZE AND NEUROSURGERY.


ANNIE CATTRELL 

FROM  WITHIN  2010 

With thanks to the artist  for the image .

SILVER ON BRONZE.

This piece is one of my favourites because coming across it was a sort of 'meeting of minds' .

I entered Annie's studio having gone to see Capacity , her glass lungs sculpture ( see separate entry under Respiratory Medicine) , when on my left, screwed into the wall, was this beautiful silver object. It was unexpected and just perfect in its beauty. 

The poetry of the piece was its emptiness, the absence of the brain within the delicate shell which she had cast using a real skull.

The size of it also affected me because after many post mortems at medical school, it was clear to me that this was not an adult skull, so all the more poignant and thought provoking in its lightness.

It is a good week to upload this art piece as I have just finished reading Henry Marsh's brilliant autobiographical book ' Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and neurosurgery' recounting  his career as one of Britain's top neurosurgeons.