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ARTIST & GALLERY

About the Artist
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Working alongside them I evolved as they did. I became more at ease with the material, could look at it more objectively and assimilate it into art more effectively. The artwork grew from still to active, from few colors to many, from isolated students to the large cohesive group. These graphics parallel the student's movement from the cadaver to the live patient, and their silent hours over the dead body to their verbal interchange with the live human being. Perhaps my increased understanding of the students led to more fluidity in the latter work, while greater involvement with clinical medicine and its human problems, which are more within the scope of the onlooker, added depth.

As physiology followed anatomy, this study goes beyond the simple portrayal of the body. There is a loveliness in human beings helping another. As they came to understand the art of medicine, I was learning the role of medicine in my art: I was becoming aware of the universal truths all around me in the hospital setting. Beauty is inherent in the human cycle: birth, death, and human warmth and caring. "For mercy has a human heart, Pity a human face."

Upon completing her four-year medical school experience, Ms. Lesser followed a number of these fledgling doctors through their internship and residency training at the LAC+USC Medical Center. She continued to document her impressions and experiences through her artwork and diaries. The resulting collection of powerful images and stories was entitled The Art of Caring and is available for viewing on the World Wide Web.

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