Click here to listen to a recording of poet and novelist Michael Rosen reading an extract from his book 'Many Different Kinds of Love: A story of life, death and the NHS, (2021), which recounts his convalescence from COVID-19 and the sense he had, while in an induced coma, of the threshold of his body.
Following the reading is another audio recording of a conversation between the artist and co-curator Alice Acland on the artist’s relationship to his wife Judith and on the making of this painting.
This painting is a portrait of the artist Timothy Hyman’s wife, Judith, as she lies in a hospital bed, her face divided by an intravenous drip that runs vertically across the paper. The painting itself also reveals a split between the interior view of a hospital room and the outside world seen through a large window. It delineates the contrast between spaces that are associated with health and those that revolve around a condition of sickness. Hyman appears to capture his wife somewhere between consciousness and unconsciousness, sickness and health, occupying a state of transition.