Examples of artworks used as part of research into the primacy of drawing as a multi sensory activity and its application with technologies used in medical training.

Drawing is my primal source of expression and investigation, although not limited to traditional methods by combining marks made physically on paper and other surfaces and virtually in digital forms I seek to capture the movement and changes made by and within the structure the human body. By constructing structures and making films I have revealed something of the growth and movement of tissue. The physical movements I have made in the process mirrors some of those the surgeon makes - the gestural mark on the skin and tissue scarring the body, revealed on paper, metal plate and in virtual form

Work at University of the Arts Camberwell where I studied for an MA in Drawing can also be seen on my blog page

 I have completed PhD research at the University of the Arts London my thesis title is

"Extending the field of drawing the body: fine art anatomical drawing and its relationship to developing medical technologies and procedures."

The research investigated the haptic nature of drawing and surgical operations. The work was supported by my  director of studies iProfessor Malcolm Quinn, Professor Stephen Scrivener based at Chelsea College, Professor Deanna Petherbridge CBE and my clinical supervisor Mr Neil Shah consultant maxillofacial surgeon at Queens Hospital Romford and The Royal London Hospital.

My studies explored the role of drawing and drawing like activities in fine art practice and within the field of medicine and medical education. This involved studies into the use and development of virtual learning systems as both a tool for learning and for data capture and collection. Investigation into the use of the EYESI ophthalmic simulator has been undertaken with the support of Mr George M Saleh, 
Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon and Director of Simulation Training at Moorfields hospital together with consultant ophthalmologists at Miss Narciss Okhravi and Mr Ananth Viswanathan.

Work at Kings College Dental Institute using the hapTEL virtual learning system has been undertaken with the cooperation of Professor Mark Woolford, Professor Margaret Cox and Dr Jonathan San Diego. Research includes observation of students at different stages of their medical education, comparison of different haptic and virtual learning tools and the development of drawing schemes to support perceptual awareness and motor skills. I used information from the HapTEL system as a basis of an empirical study to investigate correlations between drawing and the creative use of materials with a  particular surgical skill set used in both dental and maxillofacial surgery.

Thanks for photography to Nigel Fleet 

 Research papers available at


UAL web information


 Jenny Wright's Axis artist profile