Medical science inspires the work of award-winning artist from Bunwell
An artist whose work explores the relationship between art and science by creating new images from medical scans and anatomical drawings has been awarded a special prize.
Twenty-two-year-old Rachel Daniel from Bunwell, near Norwich, was on Saturday named the winner of the East Anglian Artists Development Prize awarded by the Norwich-based Anteros Arts Foundation.
Miss Daniel, a fine art graduate who works at the Castle Museum, impressed the competition judges with a series of different works entitled In Vivo, As if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns, and Touched in the Head.
She was awarded �5,000 to help her progress her career, an opportunity for a solo exhibition , and free access to Anteros art classes for a year.
She said: 'I was so excited to win. It is such a rare opportunity for artists to be given funding and a solo show. I am over the moon. The exhibition will be in spring next year and I will use it to continue my work looking at the relationship between art and medicine. I hope to put some of the money towards postgraduate study.'
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About her work she said: 'I just find the science images so beautiful and familiar yet distant and disassociated with themselves. It just came from living with a lot of medical students and flicking through their text books.'
Anteros Arts Foundation, in Fye Bridge Street, aims to support local artistic talent, and the development prize was designed to identify emerging talent from across the region.
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The other artists shortlisted for the prize were Lyn Aylward, Adam Batchelor, Thomas Joynes and Rosie Winn.
A free exhibition which includes Miss Daniel's work and the other shortlisted artists' work runs until April 28 at the Anteros Arts Foundation gallery which is open from 10am until 5pm Wednesday to Saturday.
• For more about Miss Daniel's work visit www.racheldaniels.co.uk