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Undergoing any surgical procedure can be an intense experience on many levels and for women, having a hysterectomy or a mastectomy can be particularly emotional. Artists Rachel Cochrane and Maggie Hickman Smith have experience of what it’s like to have these operations first-hand; for Cochrane, discovering that the tissue samples from her procedures for gynaecological issues still exist led her to think more about the humanity behind seemingly abstract biological images. In turn, they were inspired to translate their experience from the ward to the gallery.

Women: A Cartography, which comes to Arts Centre Washington between Friday 27th September-Saturday 26th October, sees the two artists delving further into the hidden beauty behind the samples that helped to diagnose their medical condition. Working closely with pathology services at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the University Hospital of North Tees, their exhibition uses a wide breadth of techniques, displaying everything from drawings to digital photography and film. Drawing on the recent exhibition of works by Leonardo da Vinci in Sunderland, they also explore the development of our understanding of the body over the last 500 years, from da Vinci’s own anatomical studies to using digital microscopic cellular pathology in modern times. This era-spanning exhibition is set to be a fascinating exploration of what makes us human.

Women: A Cartography is at Arts Centre Washington between Friday 27th September-Saturday 26th October

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