Archive of Author | Cindy Stemackowich

Cindy Stelmackowich is a Canadian artist, curator, and academic based in Ottawa. Her artwork has focused on themes related to medicine and anatomical science and is often linked to her academic research on anatomical atlases completed for her Ph.D. dissertation (Binghamton University, New York). In her artwork, Stelmackowich has questioned the methods and meanings of science; how science gets performed on the body; and how the languages of medical science operate. Her artwork often brings together diverse medical-related materials and found objects, including digitally combining photographic images. Stelmackowich has exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe in solo and group exhibitions, and has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa.

Her artworks are in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, The Ottawa Art Gallery, York University, as well as corporate and private collections. Her artwork has appeared in numerous medical, academic and art periodicals. In addition, Stelmackowich has received prestigious awards, residencies and international fellowships, including the Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine, a Postdoctoral Fellowship with “Situating Science” with SSHRC Canada, and a Research Fellowship in Historical Science Collections at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Germany. Her most recent 2015 curatorial project, entitled “Anatomica” at the Dalhousie University Art Gallery in Halifax, combined international contemporary artworks dealing with anatomical themes with medical artifacts and rare archival holdings in the history of anatomy.

She is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Montreal and Ottawa, Canada.

Articles with Cindy Stemackowich

Between Art and Biomedicine

For over 10 years, Cindy Stelmackowich has investigated the relationship between art and biomedicine. Historical anatomical images have been made into digital collages that ask new sets of questions about medicine; its histories, methods and knowledge structures. Vintage medical equipment has also been integrated into laboratory-themed installations. These artworks allow for an interdisciplinary dialogue between digital technology, contemporary biomedical science and art – three disciplines that are ultimately not as far apart as they initially might seem.