Jesse Soodalter, M.D. is an artist and a fellow in Hematology/Oncology in Chicago.
Her visual art incorporates found objects, exploring how the chaotic and often violent processes of exposure and aging impose individual, aesthetically-charged identity on objects that began as undifferentiated commodities.
Her academic research at the University of Chicago focuses on individual and societal thinking about death, specifically the ways in which medical and scientific discourse colludes with social taboo to inhibit authentic engagement with mortality. She is interested in the potential for art to help overcome this inhibition and assist in the existential task of reckoning with human finitude.
Clinically her current focus is on treatment of multiple myeloma and other plasma cell dyscrasias.
She participated in PalFest 2013, and spent time in the summer of 2013 volunteering in Hematology at Augusta Victoria Hospital in Palestine.
Photo by Kurt Kramer