Speaker Illustrates Intersection of Art, Medicine and Law
Published on January 17, 2012
Artist and medical illustrator Jennifer McCormick will explore "Art as Applied to Medicine: From Medical Demonstrative Evidence to X-ray Vision" Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Isaacs Auditorium, in Seibert Hall. The event, sponsored by the Medical Humanities Initiative and the Women’s Studies program, is free and open to the public.
McCormick will discuss her role as owner of—and medical illustrator for—Art for Law and Medicine Inc., a company that prepares visual medical evidence to help attorneys and medical experts teach jurors about a victim’s injuries. She is a graduate of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
McCormick is also a fine artist, using her medical illustration work as inspiration. One exhibition titled “X-ray Visions” combines hand-painted bird imagery over actual trauma X-rays to express hopeful stories. One piece depicts the heart as two red birds nestled together in an angiocardiogram. Another shows hummingbirds aflutter within a chest X-ray.
“My fine art begins where my work as a medical illustrator ends—at the truth,” McCormick says on her website, www.brighthousegallery.com. “I depart from tight detail and strict scientific observation to explore the realm of imagination.”
McCormick’s talk is one of a series at Susquehanna focusing on medical humanities, which explores how humanities disciplines illuminate the nature and practice of medicine. The subject includes art and medicine, bioethics, the history of medicine, literature and medicine, music and medicine, medicine in the performing arts, philosophy, psychology, theology, and medical anthropology and sociology.
Karen M. Jones