Set in an 18th century English doctor’s surgery, this stunning portrait features Dr. Edward Jenner inoculating James Phipps, the first person to receive the smallpox vaccine. Dr. Jenner’s pioneering work in the late 18th century led to the eradication of smallpox in 1980. Alexia created and photographed the entire tableaux. The aristocratic woman in the center represents how smallpox did not discriminate, affecting the rich and poor alike. The many flowers throughout the piece symbolize the global impact of smallpox, and the skulls on every bottle the ephemeral nature of life and death.
“I believe that disease is something we need to fight together, because ultimately, we all share the same planet.”
Alexia Sinclair is widely known for her elaborately constructed artworks. Using a visual narrative to seduce her audience with each photographic feast, Alexia’s art is rich with detail and symbolism. Read more about Alexia Sinclair.
Photo credit: James Hill
Join Alexia as she discusses her artistic process, and her thoughts on the symbolism throughout this vibrant image.