Anything But the Eyes is an exploration of the relationship that we have with our eyes, and the concerns that underpin the common reluctance to consent to donate corneas after death. The exhibition presents the practice-based research of Jennie Jewitt-Harris investigating the unique concerns regarding the eyes and corneal donation. She draws on her experiences in medicine and psychology to inform her drawings, collages, sound-art, assemblages and stereo photography that investigate the findings from a series of interviews with people who do not want to donate their corneas after death, but are willing to donate all other organs. Her thesis argues for a greater understanding of the spiritual and philosophical concerns that underpin their concerns, and for the choice to refuse donation of specific organs for those who share them.
Jennie Jewitt-Harris is an artist who lives and works in Surrey and carries out her artistic practice alongside her medical work as Founder/CEO of the organisation Transplant Links. She completed her MA at UCA Farnham in 2013 and began her PhD research while Artist in Residence at Watts Gallery.