"Porcelain Anatomy" is a project of sculptures made from Chinese porcelain. Through delicate painted porcelain pieces, it reflects the beauty and organic complexity of different parts of the human anatomy, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, glands, and other organs.
These sculptures are inspired by the anatomical models of the 19th century, which played a significant role in medical education. Marie Tussaud stood out with her Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, where she created detailed wax figures and anatomical models. Additionally, anatomical models were developed using materials such as papier-mâché, wood, and ivory, representing organs, muscles, and skeletons. These precise representations allowed students and medical professionals to study and better understand human anatomy, laying the foundation for anatomical representation techniques used in current medical education.
Regarding the manufacturing of sculptures in Chinese porcelain, it involves the design and modeling of the object in clay or wax, followed by mold creation. Then, the porcelain is prepared, poured into the molds, and left to dry. After drying, the molds are removed, and meticulous cleaning is performed. The sculpture is then subjected to a firing process in a special kiln to vitrify the porcelain. After firing, the final finishing is done, which may include the application of glazes and decorations. Finally, the sculpture undergoes a final firing to set the finishes.
Emilio Alarcón is a multidisciplinary creative based in Madrid, with extensive experience as an art director in various companies and co-founder of mmmm..., an artistic collective. The sculptures in "Porcelain Anatomy" have been meticulously created through a careful iterative process using the Midjourney artificial intelligence.