Remedies: Art, Medicine, and Disability Class Exhibition

April 9th – May 9th, 2014
Kroeber Hall Lobby, UC Berkeley Campus

Opening Reception: Wednesday April 16th, 4-7 pm

Participating Artists:

Ruth Ash, Kevin Bacon, Spurthi Bhatt, Alexis Casillas,  Yuan Chen, Emma Delzer, Anna Dimitruk, Chang Gao, Michaela Guerrera, Ben Jackson, Alisha Johnson, Adriana Lemus, Si Li, Aaron Nassberg, Cara Jaclyn M., Todd Raymond McKinney, Mona Okimoto, Dominga Opazo, Shari Paladino, Kathleen Sheffer, Alyssa Stanghellini, Seoyoung Yoon, Zhan Zhan

Lead by Professor Katherine Sherwood and Azin Seraj

Students of Art, Medicine, and Disability’s Egyptian “Fayum Portraits”

Remedies showcases student work in a variety of mediums, methods, interventions and approaches. Students explored personal narratives, as well as the narratives of disability, illness, healing, regeneration, experiences with loss, and death. The collective work is situated in remedies and the particular narratives that construct our ideas and approaches to remedies, in both the dominant and subversive discourses, and across many cultural contexts.

In the 17th century, a scholar and regent of Tibet, Sangye Gyamtso created the Tibetan Medical Paintings, instructive illustrations that clarified the Blue Beryl treatise, (also 17th century). Through detailed iconography, Gyamtso discovered his teachings could be better understood. Our first class project was based on this text.

The model drawings were also known to be a guide for ritual practices as well as teaching aides. Gyamtso said “The series of paintings without any equivalent in the past was established in order that all the contents (of the Blue Beryl) could be perceived by everybody, from the scholar to the child.” It all was attributable to the Medicine Buddha who was also called the Master of Remedies.

The second class project was inspired by the Fayum Portraits of Egypt. These were funerary paintings done between 50AD to 300AD and were meant to become attached to the person’s mummy when they died. They were done in encaustic, a hot wax method that the Greeks and Egyptians perfected. We updated these portraits that are now meant to honor our ancestors.