DescriptionIn the early 1970s I was lucky enough to spend a day at the Institute of Medical Research in Goroka in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea where research was being undertaken into many Pathological Conditions including perhaps most famously the rapidly progressive neurological disorder known as Kuru that attacked only one small regional clan of people,known as the Fore, and seemed to be transmitted by the ingestion of raw human brain tissue as was a cultural practice in that group as a way of passing on virtue from newly deceased tribal members.This mother and daughter were living in a village near the Institute but were not from the area where Kuru was endemic.The original is a small oil painting on canvas board about 8X10 inches now in a private collection in Vancouver. The small animal is a pig. These are highly valued possessions and symbols of wealth raised like children by the women.
David Bleakley, Sunshine Coast Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement I am an Artist and Photographer who likes to experiment in many media including acrylics oils graphics etching and digital art.
I attend life drawing most weeks and have become a more active artist since retiring 5 years ago after 30 years as a Specialist Surgeon. --------
Art was always my passion but until these retirement years it was pushed into the background.My involvement in Surgery and Anatomy perhaps explains to some extent my bias towards the Human Figure, drawing and representational art but on the other hand not many surgeons have any artistic aptitude at all! -----
I lived in Papua New Guinea while training in surgery and regard this time as the most exciting and significant of my life. Every day was rich in experience.PNG was also rich in traditional culture with over 600 different language groups and endless material to stimulate the artistic appetite.