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Stickman – The Vicissitudes of Crohn’s (Resolution)

Spooky Pooka

This image is part of a series called Stickman – The Vicissitudes of Crohn’s. Its images are based around the character Stickman, a proxy or alter ego of the artist, who suffers from Crohn’s disease. He is made of sticks rather than bones and references the associated symptoms of weight loss, the body’s fragility following a flare-up, and the abrupt, transformative nature of Crohn’s. Here, Stickman is chastising his creator, the artist, for deriving artistic inspiration from his illness. However, this is ultimately an image of hope and regeneration, as suggested symbolically by the stick thrust into the earth and the hare in the tree’s womb.

Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition caused by inflammation of the digestive system. Its cause has not yet been discovered, but scientists believe it is a combination of genetics, an abnormal reaction of the immune system to gut bacteria, and unknown environmental triggers, such as viruses, bacteria, stress or smoking.

Imaging technique: Computer-generated imagery (CGI)/digital art and illustration.

This information was then used to digitally reconstruct this network of connections. CGI is the use of computer graphics to create images for art, television, film and video games. Images are commonly 3D, and are produced using vector graphic software based on mathematical curves. Recognising that CGI can be cold and clinical, here Spooky Pooka has adopted a fine art approach to bring more depth and emotional weight to the image.

Location where image was created

Brighton, UK 

Image creator

Spooky Pooka works as a professional illustrator and artist, employing the latest digital CGI technology in 3D visualisation. His previous clients include Saatchi & Saatchi, Penguin Books, New Scientist, BBC, the Times, the Royal Institution and Nature. In recent years he has become interested in the narrative structure of myths as a process for exploring the mind–body relationship through art. Find out more.

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