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Experiences with Medicine: Art by Angela Scalisi

An installation consisting of a wooden chair and spools of some sort of twineDissembled Static Maladies

Angela Scalisi’s artworks are influenced and informed by her experiences with medicine, whether through her own challenges in being diabetic, or her work with Alzheimer’s and cancer patients, and amputees.


An installation featuring many small bottles in a mirrored cabinetBodybox, mixed media

The artist’s works are highly self-reflective, and read as explorations of Angela’s innermost thoughts. Using a range of mixed media and techniques, Angela creates both two and three-dimensional works that seem to focus on the act of art-making and how that in turn helps to resolve deeper feelings and thoughts. The works, though tied intrinsically to a medical and therapeutic practice, are not explicitly centered on medical imagery, which I find interesting.


A screen capture of artworks on Angela Scalisi's websiteAngela's Mixed Media gallery in her portfolio

Angela’s Diabetica series functions as the artist’s own take on her daily life as a person with diabetes. In some of the works, she incorporates medical supplies such as insulin needles and dust masks, repurposing them into art materials that are sometimes unrecognizable as their original forms. 


An artwork of candles shaped like insulin bottlesInsulin Candles, wax

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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