one more way to study human anatomy

In vain we shall penetrate more and more deeply the secrets of the structure of the human body, we shall not dupe nature; we shall die as usual. ~Bernard Le Bovier de Fontanelle

It was probably only a matter of time before I painted a mannikin.


I was at the TCA last month and gallery director Michelle Dock had a number of the wooden mannikins laying on a work table. What to do with all these mannikins, she says. Hand them to artists to paint, I say, meaning – give one to me, I want to paint it.


The mannikin is now a 3-dimensional anatomy study. I take space into consideration and place her on a structure that represents the city. Initially I think I’ll focus on the immune system. I liked the idea of accentuating the points and moving lines of the lymphatic system and connecting them to the map. My fine 00 brushes are too wide, so I buy paint markers for more control. I can’t say I like using them, they’re opaque. But after some time I layer them with gesso and casein. And finally depth takes hold. It’s more than the lymphatic system at this point.

If this works out – she’ll show in December at TCA along with other experiments of the summer (animal anatomy studies).


too dark

After days of not liking what was happening and leaving my drawing table frustrated, today I like with where things stand.


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