This painting is part of a series of works by Turnbull entitled "Houses into Flats", all of which were inspired by architectural plans and elevations. The visual source for this work was the plan for a First World War German field hospital, which Turnbull took from a book entitled "Architecture of Aggression". The image oscillates between the plan of a clinical building and the depiction of an austere, metal hospital bed, viewed end-on. Turnbull associated the acid green colour with the gangrenous wounds dressed at such a hospital. She regards diagrams as forms of coded visual data, with different (though not inferior) representational conventions to traditionally "artistic" means of depicting structures.
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