Mixed-media mosaics of the human body, inspired by Frankenstein

Nick Love
Medical student Nick Love used plastic, wood, precision laser cutters and pages from the novel Frankenstein to create pieces for an art exhibit. (Photo: Kris Newby)

Check out artistic interpretations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at the International Health Humanities Consortium Conference April 20-22 at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.

Frankenstein-related events have been held throughout this academic year commemorating the 200th anniversary of the novel and noting its relevance to modern ethical dilemmas. The events have included a film festival, a play and a lecture series. For instance, the art exhibition “Betray the Secret: Humanity in the Age of Frankenstein” is on display at the Cantor Arts Center through Aug. 5.

Keynote speakers at the upcoming International Health Humanities Consortium Conference include ALEXANDER NEMEROV, professor of art and art history, and ALVAN IKOKU, assistant professor of comparative literature and of medicine.

Among those whose work will be exhibited during the conference is third-year medical student NICK LOVE, who combined a passion for art, literature and medicine in creating some 32 pieces.

While the fictional Dr. Frankenstein stitched his monster together from cadaver parts, Love built his monsters with plastic, wood, precision laser cutters and pages ripped from an old copy of the novel.

Two of his 8-foot-tall mosaics were mounted on top of the complete text of Shelley’s novel, which he laser-etched on the surface of metal, wood and acrylic-mirror sheets. It took months of precision laser cutter time and the use of resources at the Stanford Product Realization Lab to complete this artwork. He said these two large assemblages symbolize the layers of biomedical knowledge that have occurred in the 200 years since Frankenstein was published.

To learn more, read the full article on the School of Medicine website.