The Organs Land

My ongoing personal creative project is around diabetes health education. The question is: “what is the relationship between sickness, the body and emotions for Diabetes sufferers?” The drive to explore thiscomes from my grandfather’s diabetes. We were very close and his decline in health had a big impact on my life. During his sickness, he experienced bad moods, influencing his physical health and shortening his life. Emotions are like the sunglasses of life, they affect every moment, but I feel that more and more patients ignore the impact of emotions on their health. My main objective is to address my feelings in relation to my grandfather, and to communicate with patients of diabetes through art and design, inspiring them to re-evaluate their emotions and adopt a positive outlook. I hope that by seeing these abstract illustrations of diabetes symptoms and the role of healing colours, people can have a positive mentality of painful diseases. And through the abstract illustration, there is a motivation to explore the disease.


Through the practice and display of previous works, and a wide range of research and combined with the suggestions of the tutors. I have learned how to create greater depth and layers of meaning in my work by;

  1. Combining personal experiences to discover key points.

  2. Increase storytelling and fun.

  3. Make people entertained interactively with my work.

This term I focused on using personal experience to make warm characters and illustrations and to make the audience understand those and make diabetes knowledge interesting. First, I found books on Human Anatomy and Diabetes in the library, made a mind map summary and drew some sketches, the reason is that I can deep understanding diabetes symptoms and human body structure, making my painting more accurate. I created diabetes grandpa and organs, and a series of story illustrations utilizing these. Illustrations that connected diabetes information (e.g., Retinopathy, diarrhea, peripheral nerve damage)put my grandfather’s experience into four illustrated scenes to better reflect the theme source and make

the picture more temperature and authentic. Then, The Body And How It Works gave me huge inspiration for choosing vital diabetes organs to illustrate. Identifying key scenes can make the picture language more precise. Next step, I considered the colour; most of the body organs are red and look scary. I try to change people's viewing mood from the colour perspective. I found the books inside the body and the colour website. I test and matched and concluded a set of healing colours. But after other feedback, I began to think about the final presentation, how to fully convey my theme content, so the booklet with text became the direction for my further practice, because the combination of graphics and text is more natural to send information. I started creating anthropomorphic text content and sketching book layouts. Meanwhile, I made some black clay organs and wanted to present my theme from multiple angles with different materials. When trying clay and plaster in a plaster workshop, I found that clay is easier to make shapes. Later, in the display part, I considered some details to show the effect and show new ideas. I used this material and chose an eye organ to make a white clay sculpture bookshelf. Eyes mean that you can see more things and explore more information on the booklet.

Several artists and books have inspired my work:

  1. British artist Damien Hirst explores the relationships between the mental and physical in life and

    death. The preservation and presentation of real internal body parts give his audience the opportunity to see the parts of us that we don't take into consideration. His work has shown me how we can preserve the physical beyond our mental life and use body organs to create artworks. Inspired me that organs are essential factors in conveying health.

  2. Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama uses her work to help with mental illness. I am aware of how not everyone feels they can make art, and I hope that when they see my work, I can help them to express how they feel.

  3. Jack Sachs‘s GIF cartoon, Wong Ping’s animation, Once Upon a Time Life, inspired me on how to build interesting storytelling scenes.

  4. The book; Diabetes, The Body And How It Works showed me how to turn the symptoms described by medical theory into patterns.

  5. The color website and book Inside The Body let me knew how to use and match colors.

My project title is The Organs Land. The ideas is from the animation Once Upon a Time Life. The organs in this cartoon have become characters like a society inside the body. It inspired my illustrations to be a fairy tale paradise, happening on a land full of organs. Organs land is a place where the characteristics of diabetes are discussed by various organs. Mygrandfather explores what happens to the body experiencing diabetes. 

Video of making organ bookshelf.

Four illustrations and an illustrated introduction booklet and bookshelf sculpture are how I have chosen to display my work. Four illustrations hung on the wall, making the role of a bookshelf to hold the booklet. The reason I did this is that people can clearly see an abstract world through large-sized illustrations and start imagining. The booklet is excellent content to help exploration and understanding. Bookshelf brings the characters to life, making the work more authentic and touch. I try to make each part closely connected. The audience can see the illustrations and imagine, and then read the story through the brochure to find useful information.