MSc Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy School of Simulation & Visualisation

Lea Mariella (Brinon) (She/Her)

Léa Mariella is a Documentary Photographer and Masters student in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy.
From her own experiences of physical limitations, Léa’s practice currently focuses on the definition of ‘the body’ in a political and cultural context.
Léa’s master’s dissertation project examines medical ableism as critical contemporary issue negatively impacting on the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Specifically, Léa’s project developed on the endemic barriers women and non binary individuals with visual impairments face accessing Sexual Health Care as intersection between gender, sexuality and disability.

Léa’s research interests include disability studies, trauma informed care, and the integration of Assistive technologies for individuals with Visual Impairments based on a co-design approach to provide efficient design responses by directly listening to and including the individuals concerned.

As a photographer and medical visualisation graduate, Léa aims to combine critical theoretical knowledge gained throughout academic research with documentary photography practice to represent, listen to and include the experiences and lives of individuals with disabilities as promising tool to challenge normative social biases.





You Check : Master’s dissertation project
Project Ability : Artist in Residency
Medical Illustration and Interaction Portfolio

You Check : Master’s dissertation project

My master’s project focused on ableism in medical practice, which refers to discriminatory behaviours individuals with disabilities face accessing fair medical care, negatively impacting on their well-being and overall health.
More precisely, my project aimed to listen to and collect the experiences of women and non binary individuals with visual impairments accessing Sexual health care in Scotland, as no current research is available on the topic.

The project resulted in an online application named ‘You Check’, providing accessible information on STIs ( Sexually Transmissible Infections) available via Voice Control, Keyboard Shortcuts and Mouse clicks with mouse tracker.

Integrating skills from my BA in photography and illustration to my project was extremely rewarding and proved helpful designing animated visuals for the supporting videos presenting my project and the application, which, in return, aim to communicate and introduce viewers of all backgrounds to the consequences of medical ableism on the individual, and the importance of co-design in research to provide practical solutions suited to the individuals’ needs.

Thank you to Sight Scotland, The Glasgow Women’s Library and The Sandyford for their support and guidance.



Medical Ableism and Access to Sexual Health Care amongst Women with Visual Impairments

Presentation video for the following Master's project in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy by Léa Mariella (Brinon) : ‘How do women / individuals with a vagina (referring to non-binary individuals) with visual impairments in Scotland face medical ableism in accessing sexual health care, and how can digital technologies such as an online application assist in providing accessible information on Sexually Transmissible Infections, crucial to sexual health and well-being?’

"You Check" Application Demo

The following video guides the viewer through the application content and functionalities such as Voice Control, Keyboard Shortcut and Mouse Clicks with mouse tracker. The application was designed using C sharp coding on Unity and follows Web Content Accessible Guidelines and Assistive technologies functionalities adapted to individuals with Visual Impairments.

A digital drawing of material used to perform a SMEAR and a Sample test. The drawing shows the three different tools used to perform a SMEAR test which checks the health of the cervix, and a Sample test, to check on the general health of the internal genital organs. Three tools are depicted. The first tool is a speculum. The second tool is a test brush. A test brush has a long and thin handle with a small brush at the end. The third tool is a sample pot, which is a plastic cylinder where the sample from the test brush is securely stored for analysis. All of the three tools are sterile.

Examples of digital illustrations generated and used within the application

Digital Illustration of the material used during cervical screening and /or pelvic examination with labels. All visuals are accompanied by alternative text and zoom in functionalities for individuals with low vision.

Digital Illustration of genital warts on external anatomy, one of the symptoms of HPV

HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus.

Project Ability : Artist in Residency

In August 2019, I had the chance to be an Artist
in Residency at Project Ability Studios in Glasgow.
Through my time there, I got the opportunity to meet and collaborate closely with talented artists and document their unique creative processes.
I also listened and recorded their experiences with physical disabilities and/ or mental distress, and how the action of crafting alleviated personal symptoms of both a physical and psychological nature.
The project provided a personal enriching experience,  resulting in a series of photographic portraits as well as moving image.

This project motivated my undergraduate dissertation topic on disability, trauma and the art.

This was followed by my most recent Master’s project focusing on the consequences of medical ableism on the individual.



Project ability website:

Artist’s pages:

Peter Stewart

Sooja Massey

John McNaught

Linda Tulloch

Paul Marshall

Jim Freeney

Doreen Kay

Cameron Morgan


Four Artists and their relationship to making

Moving Image, August 2019. Documentary piece following Four Artists using varied creative processes at Project ability studios. The following piece is a collaboration between : Peter Stewart, SooJa C. Massey, John McNaught and Linda Tulloch.

Cameron Morgan

Doreen Kay

Jim Freeney

Linda Tulloch

Paul Marshall

Peter Stewart

Sooja Massey

Medical Illustration and Interaction Portfolio

using software such as Unity, Z brush, 3Dsmax, Slicer, Adobe photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere pro as well as traditional notebooks sketches.

Digital Illustration

Trigeminal branches innervation of the face and Muscles of facial expression

Rendering of the pelvis Super-Imposed with Segmented 3D Model of Plate and Pins.

Using Slicer

Direct Volume Rendering and Segmentation of both lungs, the trachea and tumoral growths

Hybrid Visualisation of CT, PET and IVR

Depicts intense tumoral activity in context with neuro and viscerocranium as well as brain matter.

Interactive Application on Inner Female Anatomy and Ovulation Process

The aim of the application is to introduce the user to an interactive platform visualising the inner parts of the female anatomy and the ovulation process suitable to a large audience (young adults 12+ years) aimed for personal and/or educative use. The topic was chosen as a response from embedded sexism and misconceptions on female (inner) anatomy as perpetuated online and observed within medical teaching.

Inner Female Anatomy

2d and 3d models used within the application and developed on Photoshop and Illustrator

Digital poster visually communicating some of the contraceptive options currently available

The font size and type (Arial) is adapted to individuals with visual impairments.

Human Skull using Z brush

Vertebrae Re-topology and Upper Arm Modelling

Using 3dsmax

Notebook Sketches

Anterior, Middle cranial fossa and Muscles of the Post Triangle of the Neck

Anatomy of a moving body

Back during my communication and design degree I started documenting bodily muscle development in correlation with boxing training. Originally using large format film, the project aimed to use photography as a 'visually collecting' data tool inspired by George Demeny's Chronophotography. The project equally intended to use visual semiotics of anatomical books, labelling and drawing each muscle juxtaposed on top of the original image. I didn't have any anatomical knowledge at the time, but my current Master's training in anatomy has got me to explore the project again, where the combination of photographic and scientific practice personally feel extremely rewarding.

Histology of gastric pits

Hand study

Pencil sketch