After her talk at the latest DRAW event, Jenny Wright, “drawist” and PhD student at Wimbledon College of Arts, was asked how her engagement with surgical drawing first began. Jenny related how, on a visit to the Hunterian Museum of the Royal Society of Surgeons, she was approached by a surgeon who rapidly fleshed out – pen on paper – an anatomical detail of the skeleton on display. “So surgeons still draw then?” Jenny asked. Upon which the surgeon denied that what he had produced was a drawing, and hid it away.
This tension between surgeons and artists, between how surgeons perceive their work and how others perceive it, was an underlying thread running through Jenny’s entire talk, entitled “Drawing Systems in Surgery”. As the title suggests, Jenny’s position on surgeons who “don’t draw” is clear: “I have never met one”. And in her talk she argued her case persuasively.