Fire and Wood, a pyrography collection by fourth year medical student Zach Michaels, will be on display in the library throughout the end of October. Zach is taking a research year studying suicidality before applying to a psychiatry residency. About his collection, he says:
"I have been doing pyrography (wood burning) for about seven years now and I honestly have no idea how I got started at this point. My pieces on display have one of two themes: anatomy or mental health. I started using anatomy, namely head and neck anatomy, in my art as a way to study while allowing myself to be creative and take some liberties in the work itself (you will find that they are not all 100% accurate). I create images depicting mental health in order to give this topic another medium to raise awareness and thought. Shading for my pieces is done using a lit match, held under the piece once the image is burned. The ash rising from the flame is what I use to shade and create negative images."
Stop by to check out Fire and Wood in the Lamar Soutter Library and please reach out to Becky Baltich Nelson if you are interested in displaying your artwork in the library.