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What exactly is a toy? Whatever it is, that word, ‘toy’, seems not to capture the full significance of the thing. Gill Neish’s powerful new works, produced in collaboration with radiographer John Addison, consider the image and idea of the toy in a very serious and playful way.
To arrive at these pictures, Neish has filled what she describes as a family of toys with various small objects and has then passed the family through the Computerised Tomography (CT) scanner stationed at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin. The images reveal the body contours of the toys and something of their mysterious innards. The haunting, floating shapes which result seem to gather then issue some stimulating thoughts on birth, infancy, motherhood, technology and contemporary medicality in highly concentrated form.
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