Phantoms consists of a few pieces of work by Eric Fong, a Canadian family doctor and artist, who is currently in London taking a degree in fine art at Goldsmiths College. He became interested in the phantom limb phenomenon after reading a book about it and wanted to create work that related to “the disjuncture between a person's visual and somatic perceptions” that many amputees feel.
Through a complex process of casting and recasting he has made a series of hollow casts of his hands and fingers that float within blocks of perspex. The pattern of the skin and course of veins is clearly visible on the surface and the whitish blue colouring gives them a ghostly look. The body parts look solid but are hollow, and they create the feeling of something being there, yet at the same time not really existing.
The exhibition, showing until 2nd December 2001,