The collection of works exhibited in Corpus represent an investigation into the deconstruction of life drawing and figurative sculpture using the collection and extraction of medical data and the processes of 3D scanning and printing. Driven by a clear passion for process, Dave Farnham constantly explores new media and techniques throughout his practice and through emerging technologies he reinterprets the make-up of his subjects, recording and re-presenting their unique physiology within his artworks. He captures not simply a likeness, but the true physical nature of his sitter and exposes their ultimate corporeal fragility. The resultant works are an allegorical representation of life’s delicate, transient nature.
Farnham has been working in this way since 2013 and exploring the relatively new medium of 3D printing from its infancy. In 2015, he was selected as one of the recipients of the Wellcome Image Award for his sculptural piece, ‘Lungs inside a Ribcage’, which was made in response to the illness of a close friend. He has worked in collaboration with Kings College and Torbay Hospital to develop unique software and printing techniques which, in addition to his artwork, also have potential uses in the field of medicine.
The works exhibited in ‘Corpus’ are formed from a variety of medical data and the show is broken down into two categories: the macabre yet humorous, trophy-mounted works are extracted from CT scans donated by friends of the artist, all of whom have battled with some form of serious illness ranging from meningitis to cancer. The laser engravings are “self portraits”, made using the artist’s own full body MRI scan - these works subtly etch out the artist’s own internal make-up, and are engraved onto aluminium.
Dave Farnham works and lives in London with his young family. His practice has always sought to re-think traditional approaches to mark making and sculpture; in previous bodies of work, he has used pyrotechnic fuse wire to “draw” with, depicting light and dark within varying compositions. The group of works found in Corpus faithfully continue these lines of enquiry as Farnham continues to develop and explore new fields of interest.