Beautiful artwork helps launch UTS Genetic Counselling
Making genetics accessible through art
Genetic Counselling, one of the Graduate School of Health’s newest disciplines, recently launched its online presence and is delighted that Gina Glover’s work will feature on the School’s website.
Gina’s artwork titled ‘Chromosome Socks’ was produced as part of her ‘Art in Hospitals’ series which aims to make the medical environment and processes accessible.
it beautifully draws together the science and person-centred nature of genetic counselling
Senior Lecturer Dr Chris Jacobs says, “We are extremely grateful to Gina for sharing this artwork with us. I worked at Guy’s Hospital in London when Gina was creating these artworks and always admired how she was able to translate genetics into a work of art that captures both the scientific and human side of genetic counselling.”
Gina was the resident artist at Guy’s Hospital, London in 2008, mostly based within the Assisted Conception Unit. During her residency, she spent some time collaborating with staff and patients in the Clinical Genetics Department to produce a collection of genetics-related art.
To produce her artwork, Gina closely observed the process of genetic testing and genetic counselling in both the laboratory and the clinic. She spoke to patients and met with geneticists, genetic counsellors and scientists to gain an understanding of their work and to develop ideas for art pieces.
The image used on the Graduate School of Health’s website is of colourful adult and children’s socks in a schematic representation of the human karyotype. “What I love about it,” says Dr Jacobs, “is that it beautifully draws together the science and person-centred nature of genetic counselling.”
UTS Graduate School of Health would like to acknowledge and thank Gina for sharing her artwork. See more of Gina's work at www.ginaglover.com.