Because “Silver Wire” explores some very sensitive topics like research ethics and the medical histories of enslaved people, women, and the “fathers” of medicine, I think it’s important to show my research as well as list images and artists I reference in my drawings.
If you’d like to read through (eight!) pages of citations, comments, a bibliography, and more images of medically inspired needlework, visit my blog KriotaWelt.
Many of the books and images used in the research for making Silver Wire can be found through the New York Academy of Medicine Library Historical Collection in their online collections and at their reading room. Browse their database and make an appointment — they are open to the public!
The National Library of Medicine Digital Collection is a wondrous resource!
Archive.org is an excellent resource for pdfs of historical surgical texts, not to mention documentation of practically everything in all media.
I find the Wellcome Collection image search is a little difficult to maneuver through, but persistence will pay off!
FYI — The statue of J. Marion Sims was moved from 103rd Street at Central Park to Greenwood Cemetery April 2018, about 8 months after Mollie and I sutured fruit in the park.