RECEPTIVE MO(NU)MENT

An Installation by ADINDA VAN ‘T KLOOSTER

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AT GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL

Sat 27th of March – Wed 31st of March 11 am – 3 pm

Closed: Tues 30th of March 11 am – 1 pm

This alien landscape of weird and wonderful shapes in the Cathedral’s Crypt is perhaps better not explained. Rising from the sand is an army of head-sized shapes which appear to be neither fully natural nor entirely artificial. These bright red protrusions bulge out of the sand as if they come from a subterranean world to have a look at the one above.

This is in fact not far from the truth, as these shapes are taken from a scanning electron micrograph of the uterine lining in its receptive state for embryo implantation. The shapes are called ‘pinopods’ (drinking feet)* which appear for 1-2 days of the cycle and are suspected to be functional in the implantation process. However, very little is known about the morphology of pinopods and whether they are functional or not is still debated in the medical world.

As the technology to map the body advances, knowledge often lags behind, re-enforcing the many mysteries of the body which are still to be resolved. Perhaps it is partly this mystery which makes us gaze at the body in renewed wonder.

Adinda van ‘t Klooster was born in the Netherlands. She studied sculpture at the Utrecht School of the Arts and the Glasgow School of Art and did her Masters in Electronic Imaging at the Duncan of Jordanstone – University of Dundee. She works with sculpture, video, sound and interactive technology. She has exhibited throughout Europe has been a practising artist in Britain for over a decade.

* ‘Enders and Nelson coined the term drinking foot (pinopod) after they discovered that ferritin introduced into the rat endometrial cavity was taken up by these structures. Pinopods have since been observed in the endometrium of a variety of species, including human beings, but their function may not be universal.’

Quote from Fertility and Sterility, vol. 79, no. 4, April 2003, Title of Article: ‘Temporal and morphologic characteristics of pinopod _expression_ across the secretory phase of the endometrial cycle in normally cycling woman with proven fertility.’ Authors: Rebecca S. Usadi, Michael J. Murray, and others.

In association with Gloucester Cathedral, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester City Council, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council South West

More Information from Adinda van ‘t Klooster, Tel: 01452-506097



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