Case Study: Using MRI and drawing as maps to heal my frozen shoulder

My anatomical pathology is reduced by MRI to readable 2D scans or maps. By drawing, I map my pain and limited movement through imagery. Where and how can these maps—MRI, a digital technology, and drawing, a technology-of-the-hand, overlap to produce visual art at the service of healing? Each starts this problematic from the perspective of his individual unique practice, radiology and visual art. Neither knows, from the outset, how to solve the problem.


Jack Butler


Jack Butler currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. His hybrid practice uses the means and methods of visual art to produce research in two domains—medical science and collaborations with Inuit artists (the current project, Art & Cold Cash). With degrees in visual art and philosophy, Butler exhibits internationally with work in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada.

Martin Reed


Martin Reed is a radiologist working at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. His research interests are musculoskeletal radiology and the appropriate utilization of diagnostic imaging. He is on the Board of the Canadian Association of Radiologists and is Chair of their Guidelines Working Group, and he is Co-convener of the International Guidelines project of the World Health Organization and the International Radiology Quality Network.