John A Douglas has been selected as one of the finalists in the 65th Blake Prize, Australia’s spiritual and religious art prize. His photographic digital collage triptych, The Nine Circles: (i) The General Surgeon; (ii) Infermiera; (iii) The Vascular Surgeon, is one of eighty finalists chosen from a field of 650 entries.
Exhibition Dates: 12 May – 1 July 2018
Launch: 19 May 6 – 9pm 2018
1 POWERHOUSE ROAD, CASULA, NSW, 2170
About The Nine Circles
Using framing devices familiar to religious altarpiece painting and digital collage, The Nine Circles triptych appropriates the canonical objects of anatomy, religion and architecture of Ancient Rome and the Renaissance. Featuring the supporting characters from a body of work made in response to my lived experience as a transplant recipient, these images attempt to transform the abject experience of surgical treatment and near death into a highly ritualised and stylised act of performance. These iconic representations pay homage to the individual doctors and nurses who over the years have saved my life and the lives of many others.
Permission to photograph Clemente Susini’s “Venerina” wax Anatomical Venus courtesy of Musseo Palazzo Poggi, Bologna, Italy.
Thanks to: The School of Media Arts, UNSW, Celeste Aldahn, Kate Scardifield, Stella Topaz, Yiorgos Zafiriou.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.