University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Inequity of 6 Feet

Inequity of 6 Feet

Ryan McAdams, MD
2021, acrylic and soft pastels in wood, 24 in x 48 in

Artist Statement

Inequity of Six Feet” reflects on death and suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the disturbing high Black mortality rate when compared to the mortality in White people. My hope is that my art will raise awareness on how racial disparities impact families and children in our society, so viewer can contemplate how we can make positive changes to eliminate racial inequities.

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.”