Lucy Lyons – Postdoctoral Fellow
My work at Medical Museion
I am currently Postdoctoral Fellow at Medical Museion with Programme 5 at the Center for Healthy Aging. My research examines the activity of drawing as a method to communicate experiences of medical healthcare, focusing on aspects of ageing. The breadth of experiences of aging have been revealed through drawing research used to investigate elderly residents in a care home and artifacts pertaining to aspects of ageing from the collections at Medical Museion. The role of drawing and its validity for gaining insight and greater knowledge of objects and experiences of ageing has been tested through a series of investigation workshops. Participants of these have mainly included non-artists engaging with objects through the activity of drawing.
I am a London based artist and academic. I was a tutor in fine art painting and drawing research at City & Guilds of London Art School for 8 years before coming to Medical Museion. I am also a professional member of the Medical Artists’ Association and and have state registered accreditation of Medical illustration Practitioners. I have been engaged in artistic research since 2000 during which time I have investigated how the role of drawing as a phenomenological activity that embodies sensuous understanding and evidences experience, can lead to greater insight and communicate knowledge. My case studies have been situated in the medical sciences and predominantly involved research at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Naturhistorisches Museum Basel and Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen.
My PhD, Delineating Disease: a system for investigating Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, from Sheffield Hallam University, demonstrated drawing research as a valid method for presenting the specificity of each unique encounter with FOP while preserving dignity and respectfulness. The results revealed new insights and provided further evidence to support clinical studies concerning areas of ossification and the progression of the disease. The research succeeded in showing a far greater breadth of experiences of FOP than had previously been documented. The drawings were the outcomes of case studies made at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Naturhistorisches Museum Basel and the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford and the drawings were seen to be a sensitive approach to bringing new understanding through closely observed detail of encounters with FOP to specialists, people with FOP and the general public.
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