Jason Holley
Raiders of Their Host’s Riches
Stanford Medicine Magazine

I was looking at a lot of Victorian ephemera that Carol Devine-Carson
at Knopf had turned me on to when I made this painting. The English
had mass produced these “scraps” or stamped embossed reliefs, for the
purpose of collecting and arranging in albums. I liked how the borders
of these die cut lithographs were so abrupt and contained the image in a
very controlled, almost clinical way. I thought the “scraps” had a kind of
medicinal presentation or feel about them, and being a product of the
Industrial Revolution, they straddled the divide between technology and
wonder. All of this seemed to fit with a story exploring how to treat an
odd-behaving virus that turned a cell’s own structural components
against itself.