Currie faces in this portrait the fear and reality of cancer, a social stigma that can make sufferers hide their disease and feel guilty for having somehow contributed to its spread. On the other hand, the healing of cancer has become a myth for Medicine. This duality is present in the portrait. Characters, three researchers, are portrayed as bright presences that light up the threatening darkness surrounding them. In spite of its phantasmagorical appearance, this painting conveys faith in human beings and hope in science.
Courtesy of National Galleries Scotland