Pachoemulsification

Pachoemulsification

Pachoemulsification
15″ W X 18″ H
Oil Pastel

Narrative
The painting represents the changing images the artist witnessed during the pachoemulsification surgery whereby an ultrasonic probe used to fragment a dense lens (cataract), suction out the emulsified product and insert a replacement of an INTERNAL OCUlAR LENS. This procedure was pioneered by CHARLES KELMAN, MD in 1957. The preceding is reflected in the text and collage which are incorporated in the work. The collage consists of a white piece of torn paper with some triangular fragments (reflecting the fragments of the lens) adjacent to a piece if yellow paper suggesting the re-entry of light Ivistonlto the erstwhile empty darkness of the impaired eye before the surgery.
The semicircular arc-liked black lines are the delineation of the ever fleeting images captured a given time during the surgery. The predominaneeofreo,reddish, or sanguInecolorsofvaryingintensity likely represent the oozing while yellowish colors represent light of lighting used during the procedure unblocked by blood. Three irregular, amorphous and irregularly bordered rectangles, which appeared, disappeared and reappeared ubiquitously seen at various planes ever so briefly are also captured, but these remain inexplicable to the patient.The above is as close as one can personally witness an occurring event because the canvas is happening proximate to the retina of the artist, and within the artist. As it turned out an ABSTRACT PAINTING did evolve and is recorded from a very immediate focal point. The work is 19″x24″, painted using mostly pastel oil, ink, a pasted yellow piece of paper with the script PACHOEMULSIFICATlON provided by an assistant of JEFFREY Liebman, MD, the ophthalmologist who performed the surgery on May 14, 2013.

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