Semblance and resemblance: the face in art and medicine

Wright, A. and Clarke, A. 2007. Semblance and resemblance: the face in art and medicine. Intersections of Life and Death: Artistic and Philosophical Representations of Organ Donation and Transplantation Conference. University of Toronto 26 - 27 Apr 2007

TitleSemblance and resemblance: the face in art and medicine
AuthorsWright, A. and Clarke, A.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

This paper is derived from a collaboration between artist Alexa Wright and clinical psychologist, Alex Clarke working together to inform Alexa's recent video installation, Cover Story. In this paper we briefly discuss the issues relating to image and identity which have arisen during preparatory work for facial transplantation and will show how these medical and philosophical concerns intersect in art and science research. Within this context we present Cover Story and other examples of Alexa Wright's digital artwork that challenge their audience to re-consider some existing perceptions of the relationships between the human face and identity. We show how research towards the controversial new procedure of facial transplantation can add to our understanding of the complex role of the human face.

KeywordsFace, art/science, identity, transplant
Year2007
ConferenceIntersections of Life and Death: Artistic and Philosophical Representations of Organ Donation and Transplantation Conference
Publication dates
Completed2007

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