Carolyn Bernstein
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"Yew Tree Project" (2006-10)
Wall installation of hand-etched glass, ink and oil paint drawings on paper and plastic, and medical film. Dimensions variable.

"Yew Tree Project" integrates science and metaphor with a particular focus on the contemporary visual culture of medical imaging technologies. The project explores ways of seeing through, looking into, and confronting the "diseased" body, and looks at the complexity of networks and inter-dependencies among institutions and individuals involved in the development of the cancer drug Taxol from the bark of the poisonous yew tree.

The patients here are not simply represented as two-dimensional images in film – or as medically defined segments of diseased bodies – but rather they are slowly and carefully hand-rendered and re-imagined in order to reclaim for them a grace, beauty, and dignity.
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