copyright: Timea Tihanyi 2007
Documentation of installation entitled Casualties of Peace and War, at the Bellevue Community College in 2007. Sewn and cut felt, pins, overhead projectors, speakers with sound.
All artwork is by Timea Tihanyi (see more still images and description at http://timeatihanyi.com)
Based on William Hogarth's etching The Reward of Cruelty from his politically inspired series entitled The Four Stages of Cruelty, 1751. The original image was meant to serve as a morality tale as it depicts a public dissection of a convicted criminal in the Royal Surgeons' anatomy theater.
In Hogarth's picture, two skeletons watch over the grotesque scene pointing to the central plaque on which a hand taking the pulse of a patient is shown. Just below the plaque sits the chief physician presiding over the scene. Surrounding the central scene are the members of the public: medical students, surgeons, barbers and other paying guests. This kind of dismemberment was considered the ultimate form of punishment, while simultaneously advancing the scientific understanding of the human body.
The installation shows only the hands and implements, that way eliminating gruesome details.