The organs of the human body are complex like the universe. Humankind’s corporeal existence is determined by the health of our habitat, and so our environment is the realm into which we dive, devoting our knowledge to its understanding in order to defeat illness. As a species, we collectively throw ourselves into healing and repairing damaged organs in order to construct a perfect body for the future.
The exhibition, Unseen Viscera, stems from a hypothesis on the collateral damage of internal organs when the body struggles to fight an infection in the unseen viscera, the concern over health and wellness, as well as the artist’s interest in anthropology of biomedicine, leading to the concept of artificial organ transplant as the result of needs arising from specific life circumstances.
Illness has me see through the body of others as if I was describing my body.
Drawing upon the artist’s personal experience of bodily suffering from infections, abrupt physical reactions to the changing environment, she creates anatomically deviant sculptures that reflect the experience of Othering from her own body. These sculptures are made abstract by dissecting and reproducing; they re-imagine and metaphorically depict body fluids such as blood vessels and blood through mixed-media painting.
The Twin Brain is the origin of this human rebirth. Its temporal lobes and cerebellum are doubled in size, while shiny plastic skins are redesigned to be impact and scratch resistant. Elsewhere, the nasal cavity is developed to function as an air filter for those struggling with increasing air pollution. These newly imagined organs are intentionally and significantly separated as parts: they are the visual prophesy of futuristic human bodies that will finally take on these, and potentially even more, new artificial organs. (Text courtesy of the artist)
Brand new breath was exhibited in May 2018, at the End of Season 1 show at A. Farm where Alisa was a funded resident by the Nguyen Art Foundation.