Psoriasis: Beneath the surface

The focus of this work was to explore the interconnections within the body. To do so, Danielle studied the neurological response to psychological stress, and the resultant dermatological condition of psoriasis. She began with microscopic investigation; translating these forms into screen printed patterned elements within resin each representing a different stage in this journey through the body. The journey begins with the brain and neurones and ends with the epidermis and skin treatments for psoriasis. The colours are taken from her research into neurone imagery and the dyes used in microscopic slides to show the specimens. The crochet wire pieces are intended to represent the complexity of these connections within the body in which psoriasis is the result, and also the questioned genetic link associated with psoriasis (DNA). Danielle has used the Cyanotype process which requires the sun for exposure, mirroring how the sun can be used to treat psoriasis. The resin acts as a medium for encapsulating her fabric and wire elements, and in addition represents the slides, which trap specimens to be viewed under a microscope.