New Synapsis Article Post: Artist's Book as Body

On April 10th, I conducted an artist’s book workshop on the topic of symptomatology.

“While medicine can diagnose and treat our maladies, it rarely addresses the impact of symptoms on our everyday lives or the anxiety over our unreliable bodies. Providing the opportunity to collectively reflect on the state of our well being through the medium of artists’ books produces a kind of creative care-taking that is absent from traditional medicine.”

Read more on the initial outcomes of this project on the Synapsis website:

Upcoming Workshop: "Book as Body"

I will be conducting an artist’s book workshop at the University of Kent on the lived experience of illness. Details below. Email me to reserve your spot!

BOOK AS BODY: Artists' Books and Healthcare Workshop

Join us for an afternoon of creative expression during this free bookmaking workshop with artist Darian Goldin Stahl. Together, we will be creating artists' books on the topics of health, medicine, and the body to visually communicate experience. All are invited to participate and create! No prior experience in the arts is necessary. A portion of the spaces available will be reserved for university members (students and staff), health professional members, and community members. Please let me know which of these groups you identify with and your interest in this workshop. Art materials will be provided but you are encouraged to bring small object/s (photograph, collage, embroidery, drawing, pressed flowers, etc) that may connect to the theme of well-being. 

Spaces are limited. Please RSVP to the email below to reserve your spot today. 

Deadline to RSVP is March 25th.  

Date: Wednesday, April 10

Time: 1.00- 5.00 pm

Location: University of Kent, Grimond Building, Seminar room 4 (GS4)

Email RSVP:


This workshop is part of Darian Goldin Stahl’s PhD Research in the health humanities. Participants must be 18 or older. The building is wheelchair accessible. Please let Darian know of other accessibility needs you require.

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New Publiction: "Dermography"

As Artist-in-Residence at Columbia University’s Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal, I have the pleasure of taking a deep dive into a new piece of artwork I have created every two months. This month’s article is on my latest artwork, “Dermography,” which joins skin impressions and MRI scans as an act of embodied and performative care giving. Check out the whole article below, along with all of the other amazing posts on the intersections of health and the arts.


School of English Lecture

“Skin, Scans, and Signs: Materializing Illness as Research-Creation” Lecture at the University of Kent


I am pleased to report that my first lecture at the University of Kent for the School of English speaker series was a rounding success. There was a great turnout for this first talk of the semester, and the Q & A was stimulating and challenging. The discussion on the history of medical images, and what they say about the meaning of illness, continued long into the reception. I am hoping to speak in depth with everyone who came to my lecture, so that I can building my cache of interviews with those who are critically engaging with the medical humanities and the integration of fine arts methodologies.

If you also have insights into the intersections of fine arts, artists’ books, and healthcare, please reach out! I would love to talk with you.

"VIBRATIONS" Exhibition Opening

“Healing House I” Installation for the VIBRATIONS Exhibition at Concordia University

“Healing House I” Installation, VIBRATIONS Exhibition, 4th Space, Concordia University, Montreal December 2018

“Healing House I” Installation, VIBRATIONS Exhibition, 4th Space, Concordia University, Montreal December 2018

Visitor sensing the vibrations of this orb

Visitor sensing the vibrations of this orb

It is an honor to be invited to exhibit a piece of vibrational artwork as a part of the VIBES Symposium at Concordia University, Montreal. Each artist was challenged to create a piece of artwork that vibrates, as an act of radical accessibility for the Deaf and Disability Communities. For my work, the misshapen orb hanging in the front of this house vibrates in time with a recording of an idling MRI machine that has been slowed down to resemble an anxious human breath. Viewers are invited to gently hold this orb, whose breath becomes a haptic sensation that shudders of the arms of every curious caretaker.

This work was created in collaboration with the VibraFusionLab in London, Canada. To learn more about this symposium, please visit the website:

Artist in Residence for "Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal"

I am pleased to share that my first article has been published on Synapsis. The written portion takes a deep dive into the meaning of my latest piece of art: “Healing House II.”

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“The home is an especially salient metaphor for women’s bodies in particular, as it the traditionally connoted site of female labor. Elaine Scarry describes a house as “an enlargement of the body: it keeps warm and safe the individual it houses in the same way the body encloses and protects the individual within” (1985, 38). In times of illness, however, the integrity of the body’s facade is ruptured.”

Read the rest here:

Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference

This conference marks my first invitation to be a keynote speaker! In Kalamazoo, Michigan, a group of medical humanities scholars gathered for the 8th annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference. My sister, Devan Stahl, and I were asked to be co-keynote speakers during the closing event. Our talk, “Visualizing Chronic Illness in Medicine and the Arts,” goes into depth about the conception of our collaborative project visualize Devan’s experiences as a patient, to the publication of our book, to the course on medical humanities we taught at Michigan State University. We were lucky enough to receive thoughtful questions after our talk, sell some books, and be hosted by the incredibly hardworking and kind scholars at Western. I hope this is the first of many keynotes to come.

Devan and I right before our keynote address

Devan and I right before our keynote address

Impact 10 in Santander, Spain

It was an absolute pleasure to participate in the Impact 10 Printmaking Conference, held this year sites all around Santander, Spain. I was chosen for a solo exhibition of my latest work, “The Magnet is Always On,” and I gave a paper presentation on the use of artists’ books as a methodology for understanding the history of medicine and contemporary patient experiences. I was also fortunate enough to show my own artists’ books during the open portfolio session. During the week long conference, I was able to reconnect with professors and print colleagues from around the world in a beautiful location. The print exhibitions and academic papers were world-class! I hope to participate again at Impact 11 in Hong Kong in 2020.

Open portfolio session

Open portfolio session

Giving my talk, “The Artist’s Book as the Patient Body.”

Giving my talk, “The Artist’s Book as the Patient Body.”

Setting up my exhibition, “The Magnet is Always On.”

Setting up my exhibition, “The Magnet is Always On.”

"Imaging and Imagining Illness" Edited Volume

After five years in the making, "Imaging and Imagining Illness: Becoming Whole a Broken Body" has finally been published! This edited volume published by Wipf and Stock details the collaborative between my sister, Devan Stahl, and me that seeks to discover the fruitful intersections of art and medical imaging technologies.

"Medical imaging technologies can help diagnose and monitor patients’ diseases, but they do not capture the lived experience of illness. In this volume, Devan Stahl shares her story of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis with the aid of magnetic resonance images (MRIs). Although clinically useful, Stahl did not want these images to be the primary way she or anyone else understood her disease or what it is like to live with MS. With the help of her printmaker sister, Darian Goldin Stahl, they were able to reframe these images into works of art. The result is an altogether different image of the ill body. Now, the Stahls open up there project to four additional scholars to help shed light on the meaning of illness and the impact medical imaging can have on our cultural imagination. Using their insights from the medical humanities, literature, visual culture, philosophy and theology, the scholars in this volume advance the discourse of the ill body, adding interpretations and insights from their disciplinary fields."

Get your copy today on Amazon

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"Bodies Under Pressure" Exhibition

"Bodies Under Pressure" is a printmaking exhibition in the University of Alaska Anchorage's Kimura Gallery and curated by Assistant Professor Riva Symko. I am honored to be a part of this five-woman exhibition, as all of the artists are printmakers working on the topics of health, illness, and women's lived experiences with their bodies.

From the UAA website: Featuring the work of five printmakers (and a portfolio) from across the United States and Canada, this exhibition contemplates the human body as a site of history, trauma, and healing. All of the artists in this exhibition are women, and most of the bodies they are considering are also women’s bodies. This gives us an opportunity to see the female form, and the female bodily experience from a distinctly female point-of-view.

The exhibition is on from January 29th- March 9th. To learn more about this exhibition, please visit their website:

"Healing Process" Exhibition Opening

Please join me and two other artists working in the Health Humanities for the opening of our joint exhibition, "Healing Process" at the Art Gallery of St. Albert.

From the ADGSA site:

The creative process is a healer. Healing Process brings together three artists who each use their artistic practice to explore the illnesses of their loved ones, to shed light on treatment, pain and tragedy, and reconcile their own emotions and understanding of their experiences.

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 3, 6–9pm

Exhibition Dates: Aug 3- Sept 2

Walkthrough Tour: Thursday, August 17, 12:05–12:45pm

Artist Talk (Gerry Yaum): August 31, 6:30pm

Postcard for Healing Process

Postcard for Healing Process

Canadian Vanier Scholarship Winner

Incredibly grateful that my research has been recognized by the government of Canada as worthy and deserving of the prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholarship, valued at $150,000. This is the largest scholarship given by Canada, and my arts-based research into the intersections of printmaking, medical humanities, and the patient experience was found to be deserving of this honor. I will now be able to realize much grander my print installations! 

The list of winners of the 2017 Vanier Scholarship can be found here:

© Concordia University/Lisa Graves

© Concordia University/Lisa Graves

SGCI Atlanta Demonstration

Greetings Printmakers! I will be giving a demonstration of my Encaustic Toner Transfer technique at this years Southern Graphics Council International in Atlanta. I have also provided a video of this demonstration and a downloadable PDF in my "About" section. Hope to see and meet many print enthusiasts!


"VITAL" Exhibition at Martha Street Studio

Installation of "Restless"

Installation of "Restless"

Please join us for an exhibition of my work on now at Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg Manatoba. This work includes pieces from my "Habitus" portfolio, and will be shown alongside of new works by Artist Janet Russel-Shaw.

"VITAL" will be exhibited from March 10th- April 13th. Check out their website for more details:

MAPC Demonstration

My Encaustic Toner Transfer technique has been chosen to demo at the Mid America Print Council conference 2016! I will be conducting the demonstration both days, so the most people will be able to see it. If you missed it, there is a video and downloadable PDF on my "About" page.

"MRI IN USE" Solo exhibtion at Alberta Printmakers

Installing the "Vital Gowns"

Installing the "Vital Gowns"

My latest exhibition, "MRI IN USE" is an immersive print-based installation that delves into the medical patient's mind while she is undergoing an MRI scan.

I hope to see you all there!

Alberta Printmakers Gallery

Exhibition: June 10th - July 6th

Opening event and artist talk: June 10th at 7:00 pm

"Residence" Exhibition at Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver BC

I am pleased to announce the solo exhibition of the print and installation work created during my Scholarship Artist Residency at Malaspina Printmakers! The elements of this exhibition will read as a psychological snapshot of the patient's uneasy mind when she is being scanned in an MRI machine. The tension between the sterile imagery of scans and the living, whole body is represented through a hospital gown installation, an artist book, and a series of hyper-saturated collages that combine past and present studies of anatomy. I hope you all can join me!

Opening night: April 7th from 6-9 pm

Artist Talk: April 17th at 2 pm

Exhibition dates: April 8th- May 1st

Here a radio interview about the upcoming exhibition with Brit Bachmann on CO-OP Radio Vancouver 100.5 FM

2016 Art Inter/National Review

I was featured in this year's Art Inter/National exhibition at BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. Check out the link below and see my piece reviewed in the Pittsburgh Tribune!