Cyanotype Apparitions: Dr Eric Fong

Art & Craft, Exhibition
Tue, 10 Oct 2023
Cyanotype portrait of a older lady

Cyanotype Apparitions

A moving exhibition of cyanotypes derived from glass plate photograph negatives of patients from the Epsom Psychiatric Hospital cluster in the early twentieth century – specifically those buried in the Horton Cemetery.

Inspired by the thought that their decomposed bodies have become part of the soil below and the vegetal growth above, and drawing on historical research by Dr Alana Harris, the cyanotype prints are toned (dyed) with extracts of ivy leaves foraged from the Cemetery site nearby.

They offer remembrance and re-visioning of these abandoned and long-forgotten Epsom residents.

This project has been possible through funding from Historic England and King’s College London.

Showing from one week only – from  Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th October.

About the Artist

Dr Eric Fong is an award-winning multimedia artist and a former medical doctor. His practice is driven by a keen interest in the juncture between art, science, and medicine. He has exhibited his work across the UK and internationally and one of his works is in the Arts Council England Collection.

He is current work centres on an archive of glass plate negatives of portraits of patients in mental asylums in Epsom who were given pauper burial in the Horton Cemetery.

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