Simon Hall

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As part of my artist residency at the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation, I created an innovative one day interdisciplinary medical arts workshop considering the historical legacy of reconstructive plastic surgery through practical wax sculpture.

 

The session was in collaboration with leading anatomical artist Eleanor Crook. Participants were guided in a hands-on masterclass of facial reconstruction using wax sculpture and experimentation of modelling skin lesions, burns and reconstructive surgery techniques.

 

 

 

 

The session included a rare demonstration of Eleanor Crook's techniques used to create the ‘Plastic Surgery of the First World War’ model from the Gillies Archive Collection at the Hunterian Museum. 

Additionally participants gained expert tuition from Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Charles Nduka on advances in plastic surgery and he collaborated to perform 'skin flaps' in wax.

Discover more of Eleanor Crook's stunning work at www.eleanorcrook.com

 

 

 

A talks programme ran alongside the workshop drawing together professionals from art and science backgrounds to discuss reconstructive and regenerative medicine.

 

The workshop provided a forum for members of the public to engage with the subject matter in an accessible and open format in order to share skills and knowledge across disciplines. 

Participants gained experience in forensic facial reconstruction from a skull base with guidance from sculptor Eleanor Crook. 

 

Anatomical tuition was provided in order to build up the facial soft tissues.

 

Images and records furthermore were provided of surgical procedures related back to the World Wars.