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WHAT MAKES MY WORLD GO ROUND…

Life… from the everyday to the fantastical, mythical to the imaginary, realism to the heart wrenching horrors. I look with my eyes wide open and see every texture, every colour, every shape. Its all around us to be seen but most people walk on by without giving it as much as a blink. I breath it all in, let my mind wander and then I breath it all out with my hands as my tools and my mind as my guidance…

Inspiration…

science, nature, the universe, books, films, art, fashion, history, but most of all people and all the creatures on our planet. What we do with our lives and what a tiny little creature does with its life. The most inspiring thing of all is after soaking up all this information around us I go to sleep at night and dream the most beautifully sculpted, crazy, insane, horrific, interesting, emotional and wonderful dreams. I wake up and its all forgotten… but somehow my mind holds it somewhere deep inside and that’s the start of my inspiration…

In Amsterdam I wanted to Visit the Vrolik Museum:

congenital malformations

congenital malformations

 

Museum Vrolik

The collection
The museum started with the private collection of embryos and anatomical abnormalities, put together by Gerardus Vrolik (1755-1859), one of the most important Dutch scientist of its times, member of notable group of scientists called The Dutch Mathematicians (Hollandse Scheikundigen), professor of anatomy, owner of Drakenburg castle. His son Willem Vrolik (1801-1863), professor of anatomy, physiology and zoology in Amsterdam, a scientist of European reputation, a devoted Christian and a Lutheran deacon, continued the collection. After the death of Willem Vrolik, the collection has been purchased by a group of Dutch citizens and offered to the municipality of Amsterdam, to be placed in an institution called Athenaeum Illustre, which became later University of Amsterdam.

After visiting the Museum Vrolik I was fascinated by natures ability to create perfect human specimens whilst also seeing how terribly wrong it can go. The Collection was beautifully laid out in bottles on shelves upon shelves. Seeing this exhibition is an experience I will never forget it made me feel extremely sullen, whilst I questioned my fascination with this subject. The human imagination and excitement for monsters in the movies whilst we imagine is make believe made me realise that this is something that happens everyday in our hospitals and is a real life experience for many people.

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