Lateral View of the Surface of the Brain, digital, archival print, 11.5”x 7.25”, 2020

The ‘Brain Studies’ were created as a direct result of the quarantine period during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unable to attend life drawing classes, I shifted my attention to revisiting gross anatomy of the human body. The concept for these pieces emerged as I poured over my educational materials.

Ventral View of the Surface of the Brain, digital, archival print, 11.5”x 7.25”, 2020

“My art strives to celebrate differences by uplifting all in an effort of inclusion and visibility. Our shared biology ties us together and gives us the space to practice individualism. It is my deepest wish to everyone that you will find love in yourself, and love in others, and that we can respect every “body” as they are. We are each so complex and perfectly suited for life on this Earth.”

Erica Kalish
Arteries on the Inferior Surface of the Brain, digital, archival print, 11.5”x 7.25”, 2020

As our culture continues to work towards embracing openness concerning ‘queer’ health, I hope for a future where physical and mental medical needs are met with plentiful educational resources and genuine consideration. I want to assist in creating a future where one’s needs will be given proper attention with comfortable and quality care. I wish for the development of studies that reflect the actual population. I want to see the creation of programs to aid in public awareness.

Artist Biography

Born and raised alongside the Internet, Erica Kalish (She/They) is a contemporary figurative artist who provides a unique perspective on queer health in our online community. Their artistic interests are informed by their history and involvement in the healthcare industry. Kalish’s artwork is a reflection of their personal ethics and attitude as shaped by those first-hand experiences. Their work has been shown in several exhibitions and is included in an upcoming show at the African American Museum of Dallas.

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