The Immune System
The immune system is a system of many biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease. To function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, known as pathogens, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism’s own healthy tissue. I have decided to use the image that represents the immune system as a final image because it is the immune system that is initially affected by lupus. In lupus the white blood cells of the immune system malfunctions and begins to attack the healthy cells of the body, which results in the inflammation and pain that is experienced with the condition.
In this image I have used the forms produced by the fungus and tree bark to reproduce the visual aesthetics of the immune system. I have used the different depths of the tree bark to represent the area that the immune system is attacking, while relying on the lichen and fungal growths to symbolise the white blood cells that generate the immune system.
The combination of red and orange gels have been used to replicate the colours of the blood stream and cellular structures that carry the immune system through the body and to produce the emotional effects the illness has on a person suffering with the illness. The red tones that have been cast onto the subject represent the aggression and intensity that the immune system attacks it host with, causing all of the issues experienced with lupus.
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