Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

The Triple A

Kyle Amber
Coral Gables, Florida, United States

Triple A
The Triple A, 2012
Digital – 24 x 18 in.

The curvature of the human body has piqued the interest of artists for centuries. However, the beauty of such shapes and lines should not be confined to the countryside, as is typically depicted in popular compositions. In the medical field, we have the privilege of witnessing some of nature’s most beautiful figures. These shapes, despite at times their gruesome context, represent some of the finest organic compositions. During my medical education, I became witness to the abdominal aortic aneurysm, a simple shape equivalent in beauty to the human body’s natural curvature or the horizon shrouded in fog. Though the professor spoke of the dangers of the “triple A,” I was transfixed by the inherent beauty of the figure’s organic curvature.

This piece titled The Triple A expresses my appreciation for the shape of this vascular deformity. The vibrant colors and distorted outlines of the kidney maintain a relative geometrical context to the human body, but remove the association with the disease. This abstract expressionistic interpretation conveys the simple organic beauty of the figure and its geometry without consequence.

KYLE AMBER is a medical student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is a music composer, poet, and graphic artist whose works are often inspired by his medical experiences. Though the medical humanities make up a large portion of Kyle’s interests, he is additionally passionate about clinical research, especially health care utilization and atypical skin cancers.

Highlighted in Frontispiece Volume 5, Issue 1 – Winter 2013

Winter 2013



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