Plenary HallArtist in Residence
In this mainstage talk, Medicine X artist-in-residence Rachel B. Stork Stoltz will tell us about her metalsmithing craft and about the pieces she is creating for the conference.
For Rachel B. Stork Stoltz, metalsmithing has changed from a hobby to a significant part of her life. As a trained medical illustrator, her work involves the intersection of art and anatomy. Starting as merely anatomical forms representing her love for anatomy, her metalwork has evolved into inspirational pieces for patients with chronic disease as well as awareness designs. These people and patients are where she gathers inspiration. Using items such as surgical staples from a lung transplant, she creates custom pieces with deep personal meaning and narrative. They may commemorate a life-changing event, a journey or honor those lost. Through her work she gives a visual voice to invisible illnesses. She continues to learn traditional and new metalsmithing techniques to incorporate into and strengthen her work. While her illustrations and professional work before this had value, this new adventure adds a deeper level of meaning and fulfillment to her life.