Artist & Technologist, Justus Harris who at age 14 was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, combined his artistic training, patient experiences, and educational skills to found MedSculp in 2016. MedSculp creates art based patient-education tools for people with diabetes that translate personal medical data from charts and graphs into 3D-printed objects and 2D designs that can be intuitively understood. This ability is critical to those with chronic conditions like diabetes. Justus’ work embodies the Maker and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) education movements applied to the experience of living with chronic illness. He was the first Maker-in-Residence at the Chicago Public Library Maker Lab and has exhibited his work at events by leading art and medical institutions.
Justus is an active member of the Chicago entrepreneurship, medical, and arts communities where he mentors artists to create sustainable professional lives.
News & Events
Solo Exhibition Aug-Nov 2018
Resident at mHUB Chicago's premier prototyping innovation center
Winter 2017 - Spring 2018
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2017
SciArt Magazine Article by Jennifer Roche
Winner of Adaptation Competition (Environment + Data Category), Exhibit opens July 2017, Berlin, Germany. (more to come)
Maker in Residence at The Chicago Harold Washington Public Library Nov 2016 - Jan 2017
CHI 2016 Healthcare DIY, San Jose, invited workshop participant, shared digital and tangible health data visualizations.
New Video Documenting Diabetes Data Sculptures by Dusan Aleksandar
Diabetes Youth Family organization art & technology event leader for family camp's children and parents centered around diabetes data visualization and creative understanding of health. Livermore, CA
Sensorium, featured Diabetes Data Sculptures in group exhibition, Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA
Livongo Health Presentation on Diabetes Data Sculptures Invited expert in diabetes technology for Livongo Health employee education lecture series, Mountain View, CA
DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange I shared my newest Diabetes Data Sculptures and demoed my work as part of this amazing event bringing leaders in diabetes innovation together.
Medscape Article on Health Data Sculptures by Dr. Aaron Neinstein, Associate Medical Director of Health IT at NorthShore University HealthSystem. He was on the founding team of Tidepool, working to make health information easier to access and understand.
Publication of Performance Art and Digital Communication: Exercises in Empathy. Essay from my Theorizing the Web, NYC 2014 presentation for the Berglund Center for Internet Studies edited by Nathan Jurgenson and Jenny Davis.
Forthcoming publication of The Artificial Pancreas Patient Perspective - patient co-author with Dr. Elizabeth Littlejohn, researcher and pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Diabetes Data Sculpture exhibited in Group Show (Sep 12th-Nov 1st), The Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Talking Books Diabetes Data Sculpture presentation, Motorola Maker Lab, Harold Washington Chicago Public Library.
Participation in Hanna Hurtzig's Copy Cat Academy at the Luminato Festival, Toronto, CA