Daksha Patel: Whisper Residency
20 June – 3 July 2011
Daksha Patel is a Manchester based artist whose work examines the relationship between subjective and medical models of the human body. Her recent work has been preoccupied with the notions of mapping, networks and systems both within and beyond the body. For this Whisper Residency Daksha worked alongside a local acupuncturist, Balwant Kaur, to investigate the connections between points and networks across the body. Daksha was particularly intrigued to learn that the patient’s own thumb is used by the acupuncturist as a unit of measurement in an individual’s treatment.
Following a series of conversations and treatment sessions with the therapist, Daksha responded visually to the research and experience by creating a new body of work. It was important for Daksha to suggest the physical pressure and sensation present when undergoing acupuncture in her work and for the works themselves to echo this; just penetrating the surface of the paper. The delicate yet definite marks on paper are made using single pin pricks by the artist. This series of work sits alongside a fluid mind map created by Daksha and Balwant. Based on the principals of acupuncture therapy they show the processes and thinking behind the project, and also present both women’s own markings, with their different handwriting clearly visible. Both the works and the mind map represent the tentative relationship between art and science.