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faith's history

The development of Faith sprang from a previous project based in the School of Medicine, University of Southampton - funded by an Artist-in-Residence Leverhulme Trust Award 2005/06. Supported by those in the Cancer Science Division and the Biomedical Imaging Unit Pauline began to open up a dialogue with scientists working in the laboratory environment, so extending her practice to describe and illustrate collective experiences both from the artist and scientist viewpoint. She experienced biomedical research methodology and observed and took part in the day-to-day scientific process in the lab - in return, drawing researchers into the process of making art.

The centrepiece of the residency was a series of four interactive video pieces based on short collaborations with a Professor, a senior Research Scientist, a Research Assistant and a Ph.D. student. These videos captured the way each engages with the human body, broadly defined as cancer immunology, through the materials and equipment used – thereby telling their individual stories. In complementary work, Pauline collected, classified, catalogued and created substances using fluorescent stains, glass and ultraviolet light - this combination of materials is very commonly used to ‘label’ thin slices of human tissue or tumours so that scientists and doctors can make accurate disease diagnoses. The residency has resulted in various local and national exhibitions, including site specific, workshops and educational talks. Retaining studio space within the Biomedical Imaging Unit and bench-space in Professor Elliott’s laboratory, Pauline continues to work as an art professional alongside specialist medical researchers. This familiarity has been a major impact on the development of Faith.