Learning to Embrace and Celebrate Our Imperfect Bodies | Elizabeth Jameson | TEDxStanford

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Quadriplegic Elizabeth Jameson wants us to look at her. No, really look at her -- her high- tech wheelchair, and her need to sip water through a straw while her aide holds the glass. Then she wants us to look at the MRIs of her brain – the first one that showed in stark black and white how multiple sclerosis was affecting her. But then the deeply hued scans that suggest images of birds, dancers and hearts, turning her MRIs into works of art. In a deeply personal story about her own imperfect body, Jameson challenges us to come to terms with the imperfections of all our bodies, and to see the beauty of our shared experiences with disease, disability, and in the end, imperfection.

Elizabeth Jameson is an artist specializing in the intersection of art and science. As a person living with Multiple Sclerosis, she uses neuro-technology to transform her brain scans into a vibrant, unique form of portraiture that celebrates the imperfect body and brain. Jameson collaborates with scientists, health care providers, and those living with illness to spark conversations and deepen the complex narrative of disability and disease. Today she focuses on how art and design can assist in honoring the human experience of illness, specifically in clinical spaces such as the waiting room. Ms. Jameson’s most recent project, #FacingMS, uses art, storytelling and technology to access the untapped potential of time spent in waiting rooms. Her work is shown at major universities, hospitals, and neuroscience centers throughout the world.

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