Thousands of disposable latex gloves hung from strips of crepe bandage smother a wall more than 12 metres long in a new art installation by Susie MacMurray.
Florence Nightingale wrote about miasmas in "Notes on Nursing" first published in 1859 and still in print today. Like her contemporaries, she (mistakenly) believed that pockets of bad air spread infection. But, she also correctly saw the relation between a lack of cleanliness and disease and her notes encouraged cleanliness in healthcare. Nightingale subsequently became celebrated for her work in making hospitals clean, fresh and airy.
Susie MacMurray has made Miasma in response to Nightingale's theory using contemporary materials. She says "Nightingale made vast improvements in nursing and hygiene. The struggle for good practice in the battle against disease and infection continues throughout healthcare, enlisting legions of surgical gloves and sterile sutures against the likes of MRSA and C-Difficile".