visual art + medicine = good consilience

This summer, I learned a cool word that I’d hoped to bring into my art head space.
Consilence = con, indicating a being or bringing together of several objects + saliō meaning to bound, jump / salient – leaping . As I am understanding its general use is a “jumping together” (to leap) of several objects, in particular, different academic subjects, especially science and the humanities.

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I have been invited by Executive Director, James Burns Ph.D, to discuss my artwork at Western Spirit Museum this coming week, and who better to partner me with than Jennifer Hartmark-Hill MD. Hartmark-Hill, among other things, is the Director of Narrative Medicine and an Associate Professor at University of Arizona College of Medicine. Our paths have crossed before.

Communicating with Jen last week, she notes, Narrative Medicine is all about creating space for stories, valuing lived experiences of patients and acting in a healing and compassionate way in response to values and preferences for care. Knowing people’s stories can also richly inform shared decision-making and is a more ethical way to practice medicine. Not to mention that this approach also aligns with our need to understand address the social determinants of health for our patients.

I will be talking about some of my human figure studies and showing images. I’ll have a few  paintings on hand. I plan to discuss some process, including details that set up subject narrative. This might be the first time I talk about the work in almost the same way I record my process, here in my blog.

The museum’s jumping point is the work of Paul Calle, currently on view in their exhibition space. Calle covered many areas in his lifetime, including medical art. Arrive early to see his work.

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Who: Western Spirit Museum – Virginia G. Piper Theater
What: 
Medical Art: From Paul Calle
Monica Aissa Martinez /Jennifer Hartmark-Hill, MD
Where: 3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
When:
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Join us! There is no charge for this event.
For more info and to register for event call → 480-686-9539
Info→ website event link 

Thank you James, for the invitation and for creating a space for this type of conversation.
#TheNarritiveInArtAndMedicine


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dear allison, thank you

Last Monday, October 10, I open this email before heading out to work. It was a perfect way to start the week.

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Photo courtesy of Tucson Museum of Art

Hi Monica,
I live in Southern Arizona, and some friends in Tucson recently invited me to join them on a visit to the Tucson Art Museum. I was so excited when we walked in and immediately saw your art on the walls. I said, “Oh wow!! It’s Monica Aissa Martinez! I love her art.” I know you’ve written about this show, but somehow my brain reading the blog and my brain going to an art museum many many days and weeks later didn’t connect the two. It was a great surprise. I didn’t realize that my friends had read an article about your work also and wanted to see your art at the Museum. My friend has a brother with Down syndrome, and she had read an article or interview with you which struck a chord with her.

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Photo courtesy of Tucson Museum of Art

What a great day at the museum. I love looking at all the layers to your art, seeing new things each time I look at a painting, looking at the things you choose to call attention to, the textures, the colors. I love how there is a human figure, the insides of a human figure, and the insides of the insides all at the same time. It’s like a three dimensional view but seeing all the layers that we normally don’t see behind the skin. It’s also fascinating to see how different things connect and connect again. Seeing the paintings in photos doesn’t begin to convey how tall many of the human figures are and how they have such a presence.

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Photo courtesy of Tucson Museum of Art

I have enjoyed following your blog. I have only seen your art in person one other time, and that was just one painting. I was so excited to see a full exhibit of your art at the Tucson Art Museum. It was really magical. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Allison

Dear Allison: You describe your experience so wonderfully. Thank you for reaching out and thank you for letting me share this!


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