Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Art in Hospitals Helps Communication Between Doctors and Patients

My opinion: In some of my classes, we discussed how writing personal narratives can be a source of relief for the patients.  But I think that these works of art, whether through painting, building, or writing are not put to their best uses without an audience.  The audience is the most key part of any work of art.  Many musicians reflect that listening to music on an iPod or performing in the studio is nothing like playing on stage in front of thousands of people.  In the case of a hospital setting, though, I think the audience is the friends, family, and caretakers of the patients.  By analyzing the art, the family and friends might better understand how to help the person recover at the home, and the caretakers might work to treat the patient in a different manner.  For example, if the patient creates a painting that depicts many eyes starring at something, perhaps the patient is feeling scared of the environment and those around him or her.  Maybe the caretaker could solve this issue by putting him or her in a room without a roommate, or by persuading the patient to participate in a fun and engaging social club.  But these cues within artwork are probably not good enough evidence alone - they should be supported by other signs and maybe (in some cases) by asking the patient.  Feel free to comment. 


From: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=3794
The theme is short and simple:  Beyond Barriers.  But the underlying message, and the interpretation by more than 25 visual artists, is wide-ranging and diverse.
The juried show at The Bridge Art Gallery, located within the University of Rochester Medical Center, explores the barriers between people that hinder their ability to care for each other or to receive care for themselves.  Through a variety of media, the exhibit inspires visitors to consider many different meanings of the term “barrier.”  It also examines the struggles and rewards living organisms experience while trying to overcome barriers.
The selected works delve into personal stories of despair and spiritual awakening, stark mechanical shapes and Mother Nature’s exuberance, soldiers launching grenades and infants playing with toys. In Ghost Trolley, photographer Bob Reeves uses Photoshop to spread modern graffiti over an old trolley and set it on an abandoned track – overcoming boundaries with his imagination.

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