Interview with The Guardian


Work Created for The Guardian Science. Catch the full interview here, and see the slideshow here:

“Jessica Brown, in a work sparked by the controversy over gene patenting. Much of the detail is inspired by imagery taken from scientific literature – an X chromosome adorns Brown’s leg, a DNA helix runs across her torso, and the pattern on her arm is a representation of a real sequenced genome. Through the centre of the helix runs a visualisation of the BRCA1 gene, which has been in the news recently due to Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy (it was a mutation in her copy of the gene that elevated her risk of breast cancer), and the ongoing battle over gene patents.”

Text: Martin Robbins

Photography: Victoria Gugenheim Body Art
Bodypainting and Concept: Victoria Gugenheim
Model: Jessica Brown