I painted this a few months back. I began with water in the middle of the page and dropped ink for the fun of watching it spread and then dry, pulled to the edge of the shape. I dragged a brush through it and built in the colour and lines, taking my rhythms from the sounds of Philip Glass’ dance pieces “In the Upper Room”.
In our bodies, in the tissues, are cells sampling and consuming the detritus of life. On meeting a microbial threat or cellular damage, they undergo a radical change, migrating and activating so that on reaching their destination they spread out thousands of tiny dendritic tendrils to contact the many soldiers of the immune system. They have taken up, processed and now present fragments of the threatening material along with signals to say … get angry.
We can harness these dendritic cells to fight cancer.