Objectify This! Opening

The best thing about going to school in Chicago is that there’s never a lack of things going on around here.  I was pretty giddy when I heard Street Anatomy’s Vanessa Ruiz was curating a show only about one L stop away, and even more ridiculously excited when I saw it featured on Juxtapoz Magazine’s site.  And I was going.  To an event featured on Juxtapoz.  I felt like I had finally entered the art world. Cincinnati’s art scene is great, but this was the major league (atleast as far as my experiences had been).  And the event really didn’t disappoint.

Objectify This! essentially summed up everything I ever tried to do in my BFA senior thesis.  Beautifully painted female nudes, exposing what was under the skin. One of my favorite artists was there: Fernando Vicente (who I had researched during my BFA thesis), plus some of my now other favorites (where have you been all my life?).  There were anatomy-themed burlesque performances and little anatomically correct heart chocolates that oozed red filling.  It seems like the show as made for me.  If I only had my mohawk, I could have died happy.

The Not-So-Lost Art of Scientific Glassblowing

Although my main goal for this blog is Medical Illustration, I would love to share some artists and professionals who channel anatomy and medicine into their own craft!  I found this video some time ago, an Etsy feature of Kiva Ford (one of their sellers) who works full time as a Scientific Glassblower, an extremely skilled glassblower who creates custom laboratory glassware.  I hadn’t ever considered such a career existed, and instantly realized it’s kinship to medical illustration – since occasionally people don’t realize medical illustrators exist!

Handmade Portraits: Kiva Ford from Etsy on Vimeo.

Kiva Ford additionally makes all kinds of expertly crafted glass objects for sale on Etsy. Link here.

Don’t these just make your heart melt?

For more information about Scientific Glassblowing, here is the link to the American Scientific Glassblowers Society! http://www.asgs-glass.org/Scientific-Glassblowing/default.asp