Here are my snaps from my two favourite installations in the new group show at The Wellcome Collection "Somewhere in Between". Four artists have been commissioned to collaborate with scientists to create work as commentary on current affairs and contentious issues within medicine.
The second installation ‘Sire’ by Maria McKinney has taken a theme close to the artist's heart having grown up on a farm. Her portraits of bulls feature the animals posing with pride (as if they were at crufts) in sculptural accessories she made from multicolour insemination straws. This use of material from the subject matter is cleverly constructed in the craft of corn straw weaving. Within the gallery of her photographs depicting the giant beasts is a display of the saddle sculptures from the pictures. Here you can see with close inspection the detailed and beautiful knotted strands that form these sci-fi structures. I love that a traditional technique has been taken somewhere completely new, especially to make such an important statement on how our alienation from agriculture is changing our relationship with food.
"Weaving pagan motifs with genetic patterns, ‘Sire’ is an invitation to think critically about contemporary cultivation and consumption."