Drawing Blood 

Laura Splan of Brooklyn, New York, is an artist on the cutting edge, literally. Just consider her drawings of cell structures using blood drawn from her own hand. Or her depiction of viruses executed with all the delicacy of a lace doily. Or her digital imagery combining everyday objects and X-rayed bone — "formal imagery that upon closer inspection reveals some uncomfortable truth about our cultural and biological conditions," according to the artist on her website.

It's imagery that's put Splan (Germantown High, Class of '91) at the intersection of the artistic and the medical, and it's imagery that's led to shows in New York, Chicago, Ontario, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. It's also what makes Splan's upcoming show at Memphis' Medicine Factory (where she's been serving as an artist-in-residence) such a good fit.

For a good look at Splan's recent work, be at the Medicine Factory artspace for a one-night-only exhibit on Friday, January 18th. You need directions to the Medicine Factory? Go to medicinefactory.org. You want a look at Splan's past work? See laurasplan.com.

Work by Laura Splan, the Medicine Factory, 85 Virginia Ave. West, Friday, January 18th, 6-9 p.m.

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