Elizabeth M. Claffey
"Petri Portraits" explores how trends in medical science can shape the emotional landscape of an individual’s life. This work comments on the simultaneous distance and intimacy between medical experimentation and the people who are affected by it. Additionally, considered is the emotional impact of medical practices, which at once elongate some lives, while shortening others, shaping individual and familial life practices and folkloric heritage. Through recontextualized family portraits and hospital imagery, this series encourages a dialogue regarding the life shaping effects of physical transitions and traumas such as birth, death, sickness, and recovery.

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