“You have to learn to look without preconceptions. To let go of what you think and learn to really see.”

Last week, I left class and shared a short walk with the Director of Bioethics at my home institution. Our lively conversation started with bioethics, then went to grant writing, then arts-based research methods and finally, to the intersection of art and medicine. She remembered hearing Laura Ferguson, the artist in residence at NYU School of Medicine, speak at a recent American Society for Bioethics and Humanities conference. It was an odd thing to hear an artist speak about her experience with scoliosis and teaching an art and anatomy at a bioethics conference:

Drawing the Human Heart

For those who want to hear about her experience teaching medical students art and anatomy, I would recommend starting at 24:00 min.

I’ll end this with some beautiful quotes from Laura Ferguson.

On seeing in art:

“The key to good drawing is openness. You have to learn to look without preconceptions. To let go of what you think and learn to really see.”

For those who are learning (and never cease to learn):

“You may not have always the tools or the techniques to get what you see onto the paper, to allow others to see through your eyes. But that is the goal. To bring others into the experience.” 

-LCTL

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