The Anatomy of Life is a body of work, inspired by my father’s sudden and surprising triple bypass heart surgery. It is composed of traditional portraits of my father, but also anatomical works. I have always been interested in anatomy and felt this was the avenue to let me explore this interest. There is an educational aspect to the works – as in medical illustration, but in a more gothic/romantic style. My aim was to combine the emotion and psychological pull of a realistic portrait with anatomical depictions of the heart, veins and other organs.
Angela Parragi Life, or death, oil on linen, 24 x 30 "