Ballpoint pen, ink and watercolour on paper collage, upcycled frame
33cm (w) x 44cm (h)
BAC, ALT, AST are all common medical tests (blood alcohol and liver enzymes concentrations) when investigating liver damage. I've written above normal range results to accompany the liver, supporting the idea that it was alcohol that caused the cirrhosis (scarring, British spelling). Chronic alcoholism affects many people and is a serious illness
The milk thistle plant, also known as Silybum marianum, is the botanical bloom of choice. The thistle's active ingredient silymarin and has been used as an effective supportive therapy for treating chronic liver damage.
The artistic choice of collage was to reinforce the idea of cells, building blocks, and scarring. Cirrhosis is built up over a long period of time from much scarring after the liver tries to repair itself. The person and the organ have suffered for years.