Vanessa Ruiz founded the blog Street Anatomy at a time when there was no online presence for medical illustration/art. Over the last seven years, the website it has grown by merging and celebrating the worlds of anatomy, art and pop culture. Tonight, join Morbid Anatomy Museum Artist and Anatomist in Residence Emily Evans and Street Anatomy founder Vanessa Ruiz for an illustrated discussion which will range from the current state of anatomical art and its expanding community to the ways in which fostering relationships with artists helps connect and strengthen this niche subject.
Vanessa Ruiz is a trained Medical Illustrator, Visual and User Interface Designer, Curator, and all out anatomy fanatic. Obsessed with the beauty and intrigue of human anatomy Vanessa founded Street Anatomy in 2007 to showcase how anatomy is visualized in art, design, and pop culture through a visual blog, gallery shows, and gallery store. Anatomical illustration and medical imaging are breaking out of the confines of the medical world and are being used by artists and designers to bring a human and emotional element for their art—as well as a touch of memento mori. Through Street Anatomy, Vanessa strives to showcase and promote these artists and designers who consistently find innovative ways to portray anatomy in contemporary art, street art, tattoos, fashion, and beyond.
Emily Evans, BSc Anatomy & Cell Biology PGCE MMAA RMIP; Morbid Anatomy Artist in Residence, July, 2014
Following her degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Emily trained and worked as a school teacher of science and biology in London. Taking a break from full time teaching, Emily retrained as a medical illustrator with the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain. Since qualifying, she has been a freelance Medical Illustrator for the last 11 years and works from her studio in London, UK. Throughout her career, she has continued to teach part time, both running a Saturday school in east London, whilst also teaching anatomy at universities in both London and Cambridge. Emily has been a Senior Demonstrator of Anatomy at Cambridge University for 9 years, teaching the medical students dissection and anatomy. Alongside her commissioned artworks, Emily has her own projects and exhibitions reflecting anatomy through contemporary art. She is passionate about the promotion and education of anatomy and art and regularly runs workshops and is involved in anatomical art exhibitions in the UK and USA. In a natural evolution of working on more collaborative anatomy and art projects, Emily launched her store ‘Anatomy Boutique’ in 2013 selling her own uniquely designed products inspired by anatomy.
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