Oil on linen
Not for sale
Inspired by patients’ healthcare experiences and medical culture, my artistic focus is on exploring the development of professional identity including relationships between physicians and patients and between medical colleagues.
Frontline is a self portrait and symbolic representation of all healthcare workers who have provided care during the pandemic despite not always being properly protected. The left hand gesture is a symbol used in religious imagery to indicate something important is being said. The mask is the pivotal piece of protection we are asking for. The background is the chaos of Covid in it’s cellular form juxtaposed by the cooling of the medical uniform. The coat worn like a cape hinting at the popularized hero mantra.
About the Artist
Born and raised in a small town of St. Thomas, Ontario with a mother working as a general practitioner, the medical profession was an integral part of her world. She straddled both the arts and sciences throughout her life eventually completing a Masters Degree in Biomedical Communications and a Medical Degree. Drawn to the visual subspecialties of medicine, Kari became a radiologist and is currently an adjunct professor at McMaster University. Her recent series of radiology paintings and associated research has been presented at international medical conferences and published in peer reviewed medical journals. She has exhibited and won awards with the Ontario Society of Artists and was a semifinalist in the figurative category of the Art Renewal Center 14th and 15th International ARC Salon competitions.