Pope, Robert (Canadian, 1956-1992)

Radiation


Reference Type:
Artwork
Year:
1989
Notes/Description:
Although we know that hospital staff have positioned this man for his radiation treatment and are still close by, due to the dangers of the process they have left the room. He is, for a time, alone with the immense and hovering machine that must poison his body in order to help save it. Pope explained, “… There are allusions to religious rituals in this picture: the red lasers which are used for positioning suggest a Christian cross, the table the man lies on is like an altar, he is covered with a white shroud, the machine hovers above him like an idol or faceless god that must be propitiated with bodily sacrifices….” (Pope, Robert. Illness and Healing, Images of Cancer. Hantsport, Nova Scotia: Lancelot Press, 1991, p. 53) Notes by Mariann Smith
Keywords:
Art
Cancer
Critical Illness
Hospitalization
Oncology
Patient Experience
Collection:
Robert Pope Foundation