This past weekend, I happened upon a bar in Seattle that also functions as an art gallery. Add music and good conversation, and I may never leave this place. The current exhibit housed at Vermillion on Capitol Hill is – just as its name – at once ethereal and earthly. Illuvium is a collection of pieces created by Jesse Higman, a Seattle artist who defies our perception of disability and defines himself by his work and creativity. The name of the exhibit, itself, refers to the dispersal of soil by flowing water. His current medium engages the forces of gravity, flow, chance…. and, most interestingly, collaboration. Check out his website for his story and the details of what appears to be a painstakingly elaborate mechanism for distributing and directing his fluid paint. While Higman’s personal story has the makings of a tragedy-into-triumph script, his art really does eclipse it. I assure you that the online images pale in comparison to experiencing these pieces in person. If you are in the area, you might consider attending his live art demonstration this week, during which he will call upon audience members to help him create art.
Linda Pourmassina, MD
Internal Medicine physician.
Interested in the human side of medicine.