Vanessa Ruiz: The spellbinding art of human anatomy
Vanessa Ruiz - Anatomical artist
Vanessa Ruiz documents the intersection of medical illustration and contemporary art. Full bio
putting our bodies at the center of focus.
such as preventive medicine,
over every single step we take in a day.
between ourselves and our bodies.
on the healthy self,
of the anatomical self is lacking.
the location of their vital organs,
subject to learn.
made it through anatomy?
memorizing hundreds of structures.
could do without the help of visuals.
every little structure or not,
makes studying anatomy so intriguing.
a manual of our very selves.
are then shut back
may only be encountered passively
the realm of medical education.
happening right now.
out of the confines of the medical world
into the public space.
I have been cataloguing and sharing
with the public --
as a medical illustrator.
how artists are reclaiming anatomy today,
how art influenced anatomy in the past.
very nature a visual science,
this lived during the Renaissance.
to their peers in the public.
but also to entertain
between science, art and culture
dissected cadavers as alive,
in your textbooks today.
posed in literal still lives.
even included pop culture references.
traveling Europe in the mid-1700s,
was an exciting rarity.
was akin to celebrity sponsorship today.
depth and clarity to anatomy
and art had finally been struck
of medical illustrators.
representation of anatomy --
of artistic culture.
of medical education.
get to study from today.
into the beauty of the human body.
an emotional response --
from the medical world,
in the most imaginative ways.
contemporary artist Fernando Vicente.
illustrations of the male body
to view beyond their surface anatomy,
of anatomical representation.
and recovery of the human body.
who fractured and dislocated her ankle
architect Federico Carbajal
of her damaged lower leg.
magnified in the sculpture.
used in reconstructing her ankle.
that's been repurposed as art.
the art that I showcase online
between the technique
of anatomy as a way to know thyself,
of Michael Reedy struck me.
are often layered in elements of humor.
insecurity of a skin condition
in the background.
the common perception of anatomy
might not make much sense,
is no longer limited to humans.
that your toys could come to life?
makes those dreams come true
would bring a morbid edge
in a child's reaction to my work is fear."
is a learned reaction.
politically and socially charged objects.
to reveal human organs.
you might also notice
placed the rectum
I've been following for many years,
the public about anatomy.
in the process of self-dissection.
light and shadow.
to painting directly on the human skin.
skin has actually been removed.
into a medical illustration.
traveling the world,
via his body paintings,
so shocking to find out
from medical illustration programs.
the medical world and the art world
directly on the streets.
giant X-rays of pop culture icons.
can come to have an anatomy of its own,
part of the anatomy of a person.
let alone with spray paint,
a degree in applied chemistry.
to a whole new level,
on walls all over the world.
and enticing energy into anatomy
that art belongs to the public.
from the medical world.
perceptions about anatomy,
and often changing relationship with it.
that I showed you here today
illustrations for their art.
the human body on a meaningful level;
the pages of a medical textbook,
in the medical world,
with our bodies through art.
About the speaker:Vanessa Ruiz - Anatomical artist
Vanessa Ruiz documents the intersection of medical illustration and contemporary art.
Why you should listen
Vanessa Ruiz is the driving force behind Street Anatomy, a blog that aggregates works that explore the intersection of art and medical illustration. Since its 2007 launch, Street Anatomy has published more than one thousand posts, revealing human anatomy in pencil drawings, tattoos, 3-D printing and interior design, among other media.
Fascinated by the surge in street art that was happening in Chicago while she pursued a master’s degree in biomedical visualization at the University of Illinois, Ruiz found a lack of public knowledge about the profession. She created Street Anatomy in the hopes of taking medical illustration into more public spaces and built an online resource for the public to discover contemporary anatomical art that gained instant popularity.
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