From Anaesthetic to Aesthetic in the Clinic: an Enquiry into the Role of Embodied Ways of Knowing and ‘Connective Aesthetic’ Practices as a Further Dimension to Evidence-based Knowledge in Healthcare
Helena practices Medicine and Social Sculpture. Her art-work spans both disciplines and aims to mobilize imaginative processes in medicine to facilitate more ‘compassionate’ and sustainable healthcare.
Her current PhD research is an enquiry into how embodiment and connective aesthetics through arts-led practical methodologies may add further ways of knowing alongside the evidence base in the clinic.
Having completed an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Oxford Brookes University, her work continues to explore how connective aesthetic practices, including imaginal thought, can bring new insights and re-visioning to areas of medicine. By keeping the sensed experience central, her work aims to stir the imagination and thoughts of the viewer, create discussion and shape new ideas. Using ‘aesthetic’ processes, outside the gallery, in real life, she aims to enhance a more intuitive understanding and connectivity with each other and the world. She is interested in using these processes to enhance a deeper humane understanding in areas of medicine.
To see examples of works in progress see website: helenafox.wordpress.com