Phossy Jaw – A Trio of Art, History and Science

UCL “Research Images as Art – Art Images as Research” Exhibition is now on till 14 Dec at South Cloisters, come meet Mr Phossy Jaw! Many thanks to everybody for their advice on my artwork!


1960s Pop Art bringing together Victorian phossy jaw and 21st Century genetic study on a similar jaw disease.

The colour and the structure highlight the dreadful jaw disease.
The portrait represents thousands of Victorian match factory workers who had been exposed to toxic phosphorus.
Phossy jaw, consigned to the history books by the introduction of safety matches, has reappeared in the 21st Century as Bisphosphonate-associated Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BONJ), a side effect of a bone disease drug.
Pattern of dots symbolises a genetic technology (microarray) which will hopefully help eradicate BONJ.

Artwork inspired by Andy Warhol.

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