a battlefield, immense in scope and complexity. Every moment, thousands of
conflicts erupt across the landscape as invader and defender collide over
territory and dominion. Within this background, rebellious units attempt to
revolt and gain ground. Forces are shifted constantly to deal with ever-present
war without end.
the human body.
I have always been fascinated with the mechanics of organic machinery, and
over the years I have had to deal with the implications of Cancer within society
and my own family. As I viewed the battles of my friends and relatives, I
began to be drawn to the drama and the mechanics of this deadly ballet occurring
in each of us. Between ourselves, and enemies both foreign and domestic. The
resulting work is a vision as seen through the eyes of an artist, layman,
and fragile receptacle of a microcosmic universe in constant flux.
am the battlefield.
OF THE MUTANT CELL"
The rebel king sits in review of his stolen feudal lands. He has cast
off the social norms that held him in check and now seeks to conquer
new territories. Even now, armies are being created to expand the
horizons of his dominion and gain additional resources to feed his
Flanked and enveloped, an enemy invader struggles to escape the trap
it finds itself in. Already, a series of events have occurred since
the detection of its presence as more defenders are assembled to repel
and digest other intruders. Its demise is imminent beneath a chemical
assault of deadly oxididents.
White blood cells are known, as “leukocytes” and are a
crucial defense against disease. Forming highly mobile armies that
travel the circulatory system, they often follow a chemical trail
released by damaged cells or other leukocytes. These defenders can
pinpoint and gather in large numbers to destroy foreign entities or
Blitzkrieg advances across territories of undefended populations.
Local militia are not prepared for the sudden and savage strategies
employed against them. The day hangs rife with inevitability.
When a virus
moves from its natural host to a new host, the process is called “trans
– species jump”. Examples of trans –species jumps
to human hosts are Smallpox, Ebola and Aids.
A dreadnought cruises through intercellular highways in search of
enemies and refuse. With its ever-questing arms it draws and engulfs
prey for its destruction and digestion. Within the process of engulfment,
the Macrophage uses a variety of chemical attacks to destroy and break
down targets that have been deemed by the body to be harmful or alien.
TO THE TROOPS"
Signals have been sent relaying messages concerning movement and location
of the enemy. Orders are given to respond to the oncoming threat as
troops are dispatched to meet their foe.
The siege continues to mount and has reached a point when sapper units
have been dispersed to infiltrate the fortress. Spread across a large
area, these units seek avenues of access to breach the walls and allow
attacking infantry to close with its enemy.
During the process of malignant cancer metastasis, cancerous cells
may enter the bloodstream by crossing the walls of a blood vessel
in search of access to major organs. The act of cancer cells exiting
the capillaries and entering organs is referred to as “extravasation”.
OF RAPID COLINIZATION / STAGE 3"
Well established with a ready supply of resources, the growing army
extends it’s grasp ever farther from its primary base. Weakened
defenders prove no match for the strength of this tyrant conqueror
as the tide turns in it’s favor.
The spread of
a disease or cancer from one organ or part of the body to another
is referred to as “metastasis”. This process is also a
hallmark in the late stages of cancer of the degree to which the disease
POINT OF ENTRY
There is a break in the lines. Small, but yet enemy forces are able
to slip through and gain ground. Already defenders are rushing forward
to cut off the flow of attacking agents, while messages are sent for
additional reinforcements. A small skirmish that is repulsed quickly,
but yet the hordes lie in wait…. For opportunity.
Skin along with
mucous membranes, comprise the first line of defense created to prevent
entry into the body by a host of hostile organisms. In the event of
a penetration of this barrier, the second line of defense is activated
and chemical signals are sent activating proteins and phagocytes along
with other cells for inhibiting the invaders spread throughout the
A mobile unit attaches to the larger vessel via a sticky ball. Firing
a series of charges and boarders into the entity, the outcome of this
encounter is predetermined and final.
Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and use the host to
house and feed themselves.