July 10 (Saturday) - October 30 (Saturday)
Anything But The Eyes by Jennie Jewitt-Harris MB BS PhD The following events are FREE but booking is essential. Evening reception Thu
Anything But The Eyes
by Jennie Jewitt-Harris MB BS PhD
The following events are FREE but booking is essential.
Anything But The Eyes is an artistic exploration of the relationship that we have with our eyes, and the concerns that many people have with consenting to donate their corneas after their death. Organ donation is part of daily life in the UK. Its benefits are well known, and the law regarding organ donation in England is changing to support it further.
For some people though the concern about parting with their eyes is so great that they cannot agree to donate them. Art informs medicine in this exhibition that presents the artworks of Jennie Jewitt-Harris, a doctor and artist in association with sound artist Oliver Jewitt-Harris.
Jennie Jewitt-Harris through drawing, collage, painting, sound art, stereo photography and mask-making, explores the findings of a series of interviews carried out with people who had agreed to donate Anything But The Eyes.
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by Oliver Jewitt-Harris
The sound artwork “Audible Vision” by Oliver Jewitt-Harris collages sound including extracts of interviews with people interviewed for the research into the refusal to donate corneas.
Oliver is a sound artist and sound designer, whose work has been exhibited in various UK exhibitions. He harnesses the power of sound to access emotions and connect with the subject matter in an alternative and visceral way.
Art Informs Medicine
Watch fine artist and medical professional Dr Jennie Jewitt-Harris in conversation with Mike O’Donovan, South Hill Park member of the board, who are discussing how Jewitt-Harris’ fine art practice contributes to develop the understanding of attitudes towards organ donation.
Art-informed research in medicine is an emerging field grounded in qualitative practice. This form of research involves the rigorous and creative approaches of both the arts and the sciences. It involves the use of the arts during the research process, including conceptualization, data collection and analysis, as well as dissemination. Over the past two decades, the arts have been increasingly incorporated into health research and dissemination methods.
Dr Jennie Jewitt-Harris uses her fine art practice as a means to disseminate findings from an interview-based study about people’s responses to organ donation and specifically to the donation of the cornea. She accomplished this by transforming data into an art textile installation, collages, audio-visual work, and interactive displays. In adapting the data for these art mediums, her aim is to keep its meaning intact, while drawing out the experiential details of participants’ responses.
The inspiration behind her approach came from the artist’s professional background in medicine, healthcare and transplantation research for over 20 years. Jewitt-Harris captures the main research findings: the importance of creative approaches to complex issues in healthcare.
Participants of different ages, religious and cultural backgrounds, stated that although they are willing to donate all other organs, they are reluctant to donate the cornea of their eyes. This is not something new in the health care domain, and is recognised globally. Therefore Jewitt-Harris used her art to communicate the emotional responses of participants to evoke sensory responses in viewers, with the ultimate aim of developing an understanding of the complex concerns relating to organ donation and in particular to the donation of corneas: ‘Anything but the eyes’.
Loucia Manopoulou, South Hill Park Curator