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Statues situated in the main hospital atrium entrance

Title: Internal Matter

Artist: Joseph Hillier

Medium: Stainless steel and jesmonite

Artist Statement:

"The forming of these figures is inspired by medical imaging of the human body. The colours of these pieces are chosen for their semblance to the stains used in microscopy. The particular structures of interest include; cellular tessellation seen in skin, growth patterns in bone and lungs, and protein structures seen in blood cells. As a sculptor I am always interested in how things are formed and it is through contemplation of the structures of the interior of the body that these figurative works have been conceived."

The Artist:

Joseph Hillier was born in Cornwall in 1974. He studied at Falmouth School of Art (1992-93); Newcastle University (1993-97); Cyprus Summer School (2000); and Tulane University, New Orleans (2000-03). On moving back to Britain, Hillier set up his studio in South London, then moved to Newcastle in 2005, where he now lives and works. He has been he recipient of many residencies and commissions, which include Moving Matter, Hull University Logistics Institute 2007; Beyond Number, John Hunt of Everest School, Basingstoke 2007; Now, then and Always, Tullamore District Hospital 2006-ongoing; Carbon Bond, Wansbeck Council 2005-06; Generation One North East, Development Agency, Newcastle 2004-05; and Clutch, Chopwell Forest, Gateshead. 2000, made as a result of winning the Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council.


Funding for this piece was provided by Bouygues UK

This commission was part of the Arts Strategy themed Outside/Inside undertaken in partnership by Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust & Bouygues UK for the new hospital wing at Broomfield Hospital opened in 2010.