At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement
— T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
 Artists Anatomy Darkened II | Leemour Pelli

Artists Anatomy Darkened II | Leemour Pelli

At the Still Point is a multimedia project based at Stanford University School of Medicine that promotes creative reflection - stillness - as a way to connect to the vulnerability, intimacy and wonder found within health care.  It aspires to encourage moments of art-enabled reflection and stillness in daily life as a way of preserving empathy and compassion essential to healing, health and wellness.

Medicine from the inside

This project presents visual works, sound art and text that explores the emotional narrative in health care.  

Submit your work

We welcome your submissions. If you have an original art work, live performance, sound piece or text you would like to share, please send them to: with submission in the subject line.

The format should include your attached piece of art as well as a brief paragraph about how your art is connected to your experience in medicine.  We encourage vulnerability, anecdote, and narrative as ways of personalizing your art and inspiring dialog with others who share similar experiences, joys, or challenges.

This project was initially inspired by T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, which itself was based on one of Beethoven's most profound works.

T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets | Beethoven's Op. 132 Quartet



Dr. Matthew Wetschler is a physician-artist that lives and works in San Francisco.  With paintings made of wood, plaster, and acrylic paint, his abstract works reflect his experiences during medical training.  He is currently an Emergency Medicine resident at Stanford University.  He holds a duel bachelors in Philosophy and Fine Art with a focus on painting.  He completed his medical degree and Masters of Public Health at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. |

Dr. Benjamin Robison is a musician and graduating medical student. He plays violin and piano and composes digital-acoustic scores. Prior to medical school, he directed the multimedia-music ensemble Ardesco and was the co-founder of the Musicians' Alliance for Peace, a global organization that produced concerts in 26 countries and 7 continents. Robison holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University and is currently studying medicine at Stanford University. |