Watercolor and ink on paper
Reference: Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy, 6th ed.
How does one visually depict the topic of anatomical donation and cadaver dissection, memorializing the donors’ ultimate gift to medical education while preserving the sanctity of their bodies? “Intimate” is one of several pieces created surrounding the theme of anatomical dissection and in memory of the anatomical donors who serve as the budding medical student’s “first patient.” Drawing inspiration from Frank Netter’s iconic illustrations that have accompanied generations of physicians in their training, this piece emphasizes the power of touch that pervades not only in the learning of human anatomy but all facets of clinical practice and healing. This and other works by the artist were showcased at Harvard Medical School’s annual anatomical donor memorial service in Jan 2017.