Medical Arts Background
As a doctor currently working in medical education and surgery, I aim to utilise my role as an artist to traverse between skill sets in order to explore and engage with themes I experience within the medical environment. My work incorporates collaborative practice in order to explore arts in healthcare, public engagement with science and the use of arts in medical education, often under the umbrella of art/science organisations such as the Institute of Unnecessary Research. I am an advocate of nurturing networks between artists and science professionals in order for individuals to gain an enriched overview of their subject from the aesthetic, philosophical and scientific.
With experience working as a portrait artist, much of my recent work explores issues surrounding facial surgery, anatomy and furthermore the ethics of using body tissue in artwork. At present I am leading an arts initiative with the South West Cleft Service exploring the impact of cleft lip and palate on young patients and the role of the arts in contributing to their psychological wellbeing. The project leads on from being the artist in residence at the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation (Queen Victoria Hospital), exploring burns and wound healing research relating back to stories of patients with severe facial injuries treated at the hospital during World War II.
At its foundation, my artistic practice aims to provide engaging and accessible art/science experiences. My artwork traverses different mediums including fine art, performance, bioart and digital media. I often utilise resources within the medical environment to faciliate artistic experiences and collaborations, such as the development of dissection room art workshops using cadaverous material to aid anatomical exploration beyond the normal student curriculum. Utilising my educational role, I provide lectures and workshops on the transection of art & medicine, notably as a visiting lecturer on the head and neck anatomy course at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, and recently for conferences at the University of Cambridge and The Royal College of Surgeons.