By conversing with a forth year medical student, Aaron Morjaria, studying at King’s College London, we found a first person perpective on the modern views of how art interacts with science.
When you look at figurative art, do you view it from a medical perspective?
AM: Not really, only if it’s anatomical then it’s quite interesting to try and examine all the details. Otherwise it’s quite nice to enjoy art without being so picky about detail.
Have you ever considered teaming up with artists to further your knowledge of medicine?
AM: Not really, we are subjected by the need of having to learn so much it’s easier and quicker to just find it out of a book. It might be interesting to try and use art at a later date to make some learning materials though.
As medicine and technology are constantly advancing, do you think anatomical drawings are a good source of information to counteract this?
AM: It’s definitely becoming less useful. Online models where you can add/ remove layers and rotate everything around is much quicker and easier to use. Videos of dissections are also useful. Anatomical drawings in a traditional sense are very pretty and interesting to look at but I’m not sure how much longer they’ll be used to learn from.
How has art influenced your practice?
AM: Sometimes it can be useful to relate to people. Pieces of work related to depression, being blind or deaf are often interesting as it tries to introduce you to a world, that is hard to experience.
Do you think artists can educate the public in a more playful manner?
AM: Yeah definitely, learning from books is boring for the public. By making it engaging and exciting is the only way to educate people. Huge exhibits like the millennium dome in 2000 can show how effective it can be if enough time/ money is pumped in.