University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Cribs and Caskets

Cribs and Caskets

Ryan McAdams, MD
2020, acrylic on wood, 24 x 24 inches

Artist Statement

“My painting, Cribs and Caskets, reflects the disturbing high infant mortality rate for Black babies in Wisconsin, a rate almost 3 times higher than White babies.”

Artist Info

As a neonatologist who has worked in neonatal intensive care units in the US and in global settings, I have witnessed a substantial amount of suffering and death. I have also witnessed the incredible resilience of children and the awe-inspiring dedication and love of their families. These experiences shape why and what I paint. Themes of social injustice, survival, pain, and grief are the basis for my art since these ageless motifs are still globally preeminent today.”