HEALING HANDS: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ARTHRITIS
Medical Artist in residence at the Centre for Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis
I joined the Arthritis Research UK Centre for OA Pathogenesis, at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford as medical artist in residence in 2016. There I spent 10 months working alongside researchers and clinicians to explore hand osteoarthritis from multiple perspectives, from the “molecule-to-cell-to-tissue-to-anatomy-to-patient”.
I was able to gain knowledge in laboratories about the work involved in finding new treatments, observe hand surgeries in the operating theatre but also interpret the disease more intimately by engaging with patients affected by it.
The residency culminated with the creation of a body of work comprising numerous sketches, digital illustrations, animations and large-scale drawings. The works were conceived with the intent to consolidate the links between the laboratory and the clinic; for the public to gain awareness of the disease and to exemplify the effort put in by researches who often work on arthritis mechanisms for years without ever seeing a patient.
The artworks are on permanent display at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology.
The residency was generously funded by The Leverhulme Trust as part of a scheme to promote creative collaboration between artists and UK universities and museums.
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