CADENZA (2014) is a three channel video animation in which a still photograph of an explanted heart has been reanimated. The three altered hearts, which beat in an endless loop, are both beautiful and disturbing. Their contrasting rhythms and unnatural appearance speak of both the fragility and the endurance of the human body.
Since 2007 I have participated in an interdisciplinary study of the psycho-social effects of heart transplantation. Based at the University of Toronto, the wider research team for this project includes Canadian cardiologist, Dr. Heather Ross; transplant psychiatrist Dr. Susan Abbey; philosopher, Dr. Margrit Shildrick, and four artists, Catherine Richards(CA), Ingrid Bachmann(CA), Andrew Carnie (GB) and myself. Each artist has been asked to make work that will respond to the experience of heart transplant recipients and interpret those experiences for a wider public. 'Cadenza' was made in response to this interdisciplinary research project and first shown as part of 'Hybrid Bodies' at PHI centre, Montreal January-March, 2014.