The Wonder Theory
A different approach to educational illustration.
Learning through wonder was named as one of the top 10 emerging movements in education by the 2019 Innovating Pedagogy report. It’s about time - from Aristotle and Plato, to Rachel Carson and Carl Sagan, many philosophers and scientists throughout history have spoken of the importance of wonder.
Wonder motivates learning, creativity, and a deep engagement with the realities and mysteries of the world. Wonder goes beyond curiosity, as it is not just a longing to know the unknown, but is able to revisit prior knowledge with fresh eyes, as if it were the first time.
Jennifer’s aim is to not only communicate scientific and social truth through her illustrations, but to evoke a sense of wonder - to open the doors to deeper engagement with ideas and concepts.
Using a combination of the tactility of traditional media and the expansion of creative possibilities through digital software, Jennifer’s stippled drawings and textured collages attempt to evoke the wonder of the macro and microscopic- a starry night sky, but also the atoms we are made of, a geological landscape, but also the layering of tissues and cells. Jennifer sees her own wonder and engagement, with both subject, and the creative process, as an essential part of making work that inspires such in others.
Jennifer N. R. Smith
is an award winning illustrator and visual artist based in Bristol. Graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, UAL in 2015, Jennifer received a first class Bachelor's degree in Fine Art Drawing. At this time she co-founded Artist Collective 'Perhaps?', and began widening her practice as both a fine artist and an illustrator.
In 2020, she completed her training in Medical Illustration with the Medical Artists Education Trust, receiving a distinction for her work, and became a fully certified member of the Medical Artist's Association. She has worked with clients such as The British Library, Penguin Random House, Lenny Letter, Nursing Times and First Look Media.
For more information on Jennifer's work or to contact her about employment opportunities, please feel free to get in touch.
Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Art - Distinction, Medical Artists' Education Trust, 2016 - 2020
BA Drawing - First Class with honours, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 2012 - 2015
Art Foundation, Bath College, 2011 - 2012
Regular contributor to Nursing Times Magazine, August 2020 - Present
Aisling Plastic Surgery Ltd. The dangers of gluteal fat grafting (BBL surgery), Animation, 2020
Eczema Outreach Support, What Does Skin Do?, Animation, 2020
Hands On Press, Crafting – Transforming Materials & the Maker, 2020
University of Bristol; YOLRED, “I am free from the conflict, but I do not feel free”: experiences of child soldiers in Northern Uganda, 2019
Lenny Letter, Fixing The Opioid Crisis, One Person At a Time, 2018
Read it Forward, 14 Memoirs About Illness and Medicine, 2017
Lenny Letter, Don't Let the Bastards Sell Your Genes, 2017
Topic, Issue No. 2: Female Trouble, The Magic of Animal Menopause, 2017
Lenny Letter, Do Orcas have Hot Flashes?, 2017
Mentor Magazine, Issue 6, Medic Mentor, 2017
Mentor Magazine, Issue 5, Medic Mentor, 2017
Mentor Magazine, Issue 4, Medic Mentor, 2016
Clyde & Co Art Award Catalogue, Clyde & Co, 2015
Degree Show Catalogue, Camberwell Press, 2015
UNIT Catalogue, Camberwell Press, 2014
Owl Pellet Dissection, Notes (Oxford & Cambridge), Issue 11, Feature Image, 2013
Structure and Flow, Notes (Oxford & Cambridge), Issue 7, Front Cover Image, 2013
Barbers Bursary Tuition Award, 2020
Whitaker Award of excellence, Medical Artists' Education Trust, 2017
HIX Award, Finalist, 2015
Clyde & Co Award, Shortlisted, 2015
To the Fore, Silk Mill Studios, Frome, 2019
100 years of Drawing, Camberwell Space, London, 2018
Mixing Signals, Kobi & Teal, Frome, 2017
Online, Perhaps?, London, 2016
Epidermal Dress, Safehouse 1, London, 2016
Drawing, Perhaps?, Crows Nest Gallery, London, 2015
WE ALL DRAW, UAL show, Bargehouse, London, 2015
Springboard, Perhaps?, APT Gallery, London, 2015
Sketchbooks Are Dead, Hackney Downs Studios, London, 2015
HIX Award, CNB Gallery, London, 2015
Undergraduate Summer Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London, 2015
Anatomy, The Old Operating Theatre Museum, London, 2015
Room with a View, Hotel Elephant, London, 2015
The Body Artistic, Asylum, London, 2014
S.T.E.A.M., The Bear Freehouse, London, 2014
Enlightened Perspectives: An Exhibition Working through Science and Art, Churchill College, Cambridge, 2014
Image|Object|Image: New Modes of Representation, Judith E. Wilson Drama Studio, Cambridge, 2014
UNIT, Dilston Grove, London, 2014
Crows Nest Space, London, 2015
Hotel Elephant, London, 2015
Curator, Epidermal Dress, Safehouse 1, London, 2016
Curator, Springboard, Perhaps?, APT Gallery, London, 2015
Assistant Curator, PAUSE, House Gallery, London, 2015
Curator, S.T.E.A.M, The Bear Freehouse, London, 2014