Mark Gilbert: Portraits of Care, Art and Medicine
Exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science
June 4, 2020 – August 30, 2020
Presented by the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 4 2020 at 5:30 PM. Free and open to the public. RSVP required.
I think at the very least it’s been a very enjoyable experience for them. I think in some cases its very tangible. I’ve had patients say they’ve found it difficult to look at photographs, and yet they look at their paintings and see them as positive images. It’s also educating the patient as to what’s happened to them in the [operating] theater, so it’s unique for any patient to see any kind of visual record of their operation.Mark Gilbert on working with maxillofacial patients, 2002
About the Artist:
Artist, teacher and researcher, Dr. Mark Gilbert earned a BA in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. After ten years of studio practice, The Royal London Hospital, England, offered him the post as artist in residence. There he worked in collaboration with maxillofacial surgeon, Professor Iain Hutchison and his patients. The resulting exhibition and international tour led to his next project: a two-year research study and exhibition entitled, “Here I am and Nowhere Else: Portraits of Care.”
As with all of Mark Gilbert’s work, the relationship between the subject and the artist is an integral part of the pictures he produces. He seeks to connect and respond to his subjects and to reflect them and the artistic interaction, in a way that is full and human.
In 2014, he was awarded his Ph.D in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research focused on the interdisciplinary field of Art and Medicine and recognized that non-discursive methods (e.g. pictures, music, dance, poetry, etc.) can be forms of research. Past, present and future; silence and dialogue; listening and questioning; reflecting and experiencing; analyzing and imagining all converged into the resultant artwork and dissertation.
He continues to explore the relationship between the humanities and medicine and its application in medical education. He is currently the recipient of a Post Doctoral Fellowship with the Medical Humanities (HEALS) program at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada.
See more at http://www.markgilbert.co.uk/
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.