In my own work, I strive to use anatomy and architecture to define equality between living things; using the patterns that exist within us all to create work that, hopefully, humbles and unifies. Guiding a group of 11-14 year old artists in using these elements of anatomy to inspire design was a fun, fantastically inspiring end to my summer. In Artful Anatomy, at IS183 Art School, we explored the microscopic structures in our body; transposing the patterns and repetitive designs found in core elements like cells, muscle fibers or bones into art. As always, I brought in my collection of animal skills to inspire along with antique medical illustrations and anatomical models.
"We really got into the heart of design (pun intended) when students used anatomy to advertise a product of their choosing. We looked at a number of advertisements that use the human body and even Lucy Foakes' amazingly witty "can-opic" jars. The students got a kick out of her designs of "metaphorical fizzy drinks for parched Pharaohs in the afterlife" and created humorous sculptures of their own products.