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Thank you for your love

September 11, 2010

The McQueen is Dead

February 11, 2010

It saddens me deeply to hear that the iconic British designer, Alexander McQueen, 40 was found dead today. He was truly inspiring in his runway productions outing fashion as performance art. One of my favorite designers ever, McQueen elevated the runway then flew above it, he made it a stage and then flooded it; he seamlessly mixed Gothic Victorian styles with surrealist proportions, Renaissance headdresses with birds of paradise; and he crossed bones by introducing the skull as signature couture.

So break out your lovely skull scarves today and long live McQueen!

I wanna be a scratcher

February 10, 2010

This week I finished my first pen and ink drawing for my technical illustration class; the heart, the whole burrito. It was interesting to see that the history of medical illustration is dominated by a medium that requires so much care and is completely unapologetic.

Drawing in pen & ink is seductive and it’s also revealing in that flaw equals character. SO in consilodation with my academic life, I got some new ink from my tattoo artist, Nuco.

The line work he started here is not unlike the treatment of the pen in the drawings I made for class; sensitive to pressure, deliberate, permanent. To be the tattoo-ee, your skin is extremely receptive to the nuances of the line being drawn, it’s painfully exhilarating.

Nuco’s  going to give me a chance to try out the tattoo gun sometime if I get some friendly saps to let me scratch my own art into their hams, so get in line, boys, I’ll give you my heart!

Viva la Ink!

Urs Fischer, you melt my wax heart

January 3, 2010

My first blog of the new year is in occasion of the Urs Fischer exhibit, Urs Fischer: Marguerite de Ponty, currently at the New Museum and where I spent a delightful afternoon on my birthday. The first time I saw an Urs Fischer installation was at the Whitney Biennial (two or three biennials ago); a deconstructed, or rather demolished gallery wall. I was totally inspired: I too wanted to fight with those white walls and gray floors! And I too wanted to bust out of the claustrophobic gallery space!

Fischer’s installations are personal; the space is transferred from something generic into a habitat that reflects the artist’s skewed version of reality. The middle floor of the three-floor exhibition featured a small hole along one wall and on close inspection, under the influence of a motion sensor, a rough prosthetic tongue is protracted!  But the actual installation is so much more; the entire gallery was covered with trompe l’oeil wallpaper made from photographs of the exact space. In the second image, only the one exit sign and two flourescent lights are actual structures, the rest is wallpaper, in fact even the beams are fake and the wallpaper ceiling is about a foot lower than the real ceiling. A  surrealist’s representation of minimalism!

Down a floor, Fischer assaults the viewr: enter a crowded room with larger-than-life objects represented on mirrored blocks. Watching your own reflection (I do love mirrors) and those of other museum patrons is as big an experience as the objects are exaggerated.

Pepper Heart

December 27, 2009

Check out more awesome animations by PES at I can’t get enough of his amazing stop-motion, and while most of the animations have little to do with anatomy, this was just too delicious to pass by without a proper post! I’ve been waiting for an appropriate excuse to blog about PES and “My Pepper Heart,” short and sweet, fits the bill.

Because I can’t help myself…here’s one more!

If you really want to know what to do with left over Christmas decorations, ornaments, wrapping paper, bows, and un-re-gift-able presents, let PES inspire you! Here’s to flying during the holidays!

Tim Hawkinson

December 14, 2009

As the semester winds to an end and it’s time to clean off my icon-congested desktop, I can’t help but procrastinate by going through some of my archived files. I came across these images: works by one of my favorite artists, Tim Hawkinson, from a lecture I presented as a TA to Anne Wilson’s “Time Material and the Everyday” class. Hawkinson truly inspires me and his transformation of materials from pencils to fingernails has a creative pulse that makes me weak!

Hawkinson’s art draws from experiences of the human body, so the relevance to biomedical visualization can be uniquely appreciated. These are just a few examples taken from his retrospective some years back at the Whitney (I went to the exhibit 2 or 3 times and barely missed the sister show in LA!).

The image below is actually a functioning time piece in which the stitches act like hands of a clock to tell time. Hawkinson did a whole series of such subtle time pieces including a hair in a hair brush, the twist tie of a garbage bag, the metal ring of a soda can, and more.

Hawkinson’s muscles of facial expression! This piece is titled Emoter and is controlled by a analogue contraption of the artist’s invention. Much like his musical instruments, there is an intrinsic relationship between the machine and the behavior of the artwork, in this case a self-portrait.

Uberorgan unfortunately was not installed at the retrospective; the 300+ foot indoor sculpture is best presented in a space like MassMOCA. In title it refers to Nietzsche’s Ubermensch and [relates conceptually to the subversion of human pretentions]. It is a conglomerate piece that recalls the inside of the thoracic cavity with lung-like sacs that you can see fill up a huge room. Hawkinson often integrates sound with his sculptures and the Uberorgan functions like a giant bagpipe as the “lungs” fill up and expel air.

Images from the Tim Hawkinson Retrospect at the Whitney, Mass MoCA

Website Redux

December 11, 2009

Here’s the final look of my website, this is the portfolio index. The site still needs lots of tweaking and my portfolio needs to be fleshed out, but it’s a start and I’m rather proud of it. Learning to write html and css (and a bit of java script, which still isn’t functioning properly) was a feat!

The inspiration came from The Yellow Wallpaper, a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. A long time ago, the story was the subject of a thesis paper I wrote during my final undergraduate year. The Yellow Wallpaper is practically autobiographical and the expression of real angst about medical practices in Victorian America, particularly treatment of women’s mental health (ie. postpartum depression) in which any kind of creative expression was completely repressed. Gilman was a voice of women’s lib before there was women’s lib — her contemporaries were busy writing texts on domestic economy and how to keep a good house. In short, she tears down a certain wall, covered in an extremely maddening pattern of hideous wallpaper.

I won’t give it away, but it’s a story well worth reading (only a mere 17 pages!)  and I feel that its another compelling example of how medicine and, in this case, historical medical practices inspire the arts.

Brain on the chop block

December 4, 2009


How exciting?! And one day only: Today! Friday. December 4th.

Visit the link below but be patient because it loads slowly due to the streaming video.  By the way, H.M. (Henry Molaison) is probably the most famous and studied amnesic patient and a constant wonder to neurologists the world over prior to his death and after! Here is the description of Project H.M.

“We are slicing the brain of the amnesic patient H.M. into giant histological sections. The whole brain specimen has been successfully frozen to -40C and will be sectioned during one continuous session that we expect will last approximately 30 hours (+ some breaks and some sleep in between). The procedure was designed for the safe collection of all tissue slices of the brain and for the acquisition of blockface images throughout the entire block.

“The procedure will mark the completion of Phase 1 of the project which will include ex vivo MR-imaging, blockface imaging, tissue slicing and cryogenic storage of all histological sections.

“We will be streaming the video live through 12.04.09″

End of Year Blu

November 25, 2009

For anyone who witnessed my sheer stress last week–or felt it themselves–here’s an animation by Blu that’s nothin’ but good. Take a break from your books and relax your brain…

Muto by Blu is a totally tricked-out graffiti-animation (what’s better than that?), which I’ve returned to again and again over the last couple years. The whole process has me in awe; my dabble in traditional animation was enough to elevate my appreciation of Blu’s work through the roof.


If you know the amount of work that goes into just 10 seconds of animation, imagine over seven minutes and using buildings for canvas! The sound is terrific and the animation makes me weak. For those like me studying head and neck for the final anatomy exam…enjoy, there are several references to cervical and cranial structures, as well as general anatomy.

BUT WAIT….Blu’s drawings and murals are awesome and his website is really well designed too (I have a personal affinity for the sketchbook) so be sure to check it out:


Dismember me?

November 20, 2009


Artist Jared Buckhiester created this piece called Severed Hand of Nureyev, it’s made of porcelain and the size of an actual hand. How gorgeous!

While the dismembered hand is one of few sculptural pieces, I really dig Buckhiester’s drawings. His illustrative style exploits the eeriness of realism and it reminds me a little of the rockin’ Francis Bacon retrospective I saw this past summer at the Met.

You can find Buckhiester’s drawings on his website: If you like illustration they are worth a look!