Rachel Hulson


Multi-media installation with cine projection

The term Diabetes Mellitus originates from the 16th Century union of the Greek ‘diabetes’ (originally ‘diabainein’) meaning ‘syphon’ or to ‘pass through’ with the Latin ‘mellitus’ translating to ‘sweet’ or ‘honey’. This medical title was attributed to the presence of excess sugar in urine excretions, noticed in times as early as Ancient Egypt.

By creating my work around the etymology of type one diabetes, this installation piece represents some of the symptoms of my condition, these being frequent urination, dehydration and blurred vision.

By projecting a performance of these symptoms through my urine, I am physically and metaphorically presenting the cycle of my diabetes. I have introduced the mechanical projection of a loop of cine film to emphasise the constant flow of insulin processed through my body.