© 2019 by Laura Hamilton James.

Use of the dead
to the living

After discovering technology has not eliminated the need for medical cadavers in my dissertation on bodysnatching, I decided I would see if there was a way I could use my skills to help make an informative and educational piece to demonstrate the importance of cadavers, with reference to what I learned from bodysnatching in the eighteenth century.

 

I have made an eighteenth century scene where a body has been brought in on a cart and is in the process of being dissected for educational purposes to demonstrate what I have learnt about the importance of cadavers in medical science.

 

The body was; life moulded in silicone with a plaster shell, casted in Monsterclay and backed with plaster to get the rough shapes, sculpted over the top to add details and texture, then I created a fibreglass matrix mould, casted the piece in Tinsil 10 silicone (with a fibreglass core). After all this I sculpted a brain, skull, and mouth to add to the piece, it was then all seamed, hair punched, painted and hand stitched. 

 

For the cart I carved and aged pine wood while making sure it could be easily disassembled for transport using hidden bolts.

Images of my piece on set with fresh blood effect:

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Images of my piece at New Blades and Wimbledon Degree Show 2019 with clotted blood effect:

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