Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Poet’s statement: All three of these poems have to do with the “other” lives of healthcare workers. We see doctors, nurses, and X-ray technologists in the hospital, and and we expect them to be fully engaged in the work they do, but most of them have other interests, and sometimes it is these stolen moments that allow them to come back to their patients fresh and whole again.
At work each day, I steal away
Digital Hook Up, 2011
Work and family
On my first day of work as an X-ray tech,
In OR 5
When the surgeon begins to sing
STEVE CUSHMAN, RT(R), MFA, has published two novels as well as a short story collection, Fracture City. For the past twenty years, he has worked as an X-ray technologist and currently works at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.
About the artist
PATRICIA KUSHNER was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her work has involved painting, sculpture, and collage and has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the Czech Republic. She presently lives and paints at her studio in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada. Visit her website: patriciakushner.com.
Artist statement: For most of my life, I have been creating art, working with my ideas about people, emotions, and feelings. In my work, I wish to capture and portray, not the physical or external self, but more importantly, our inner selves, our relationships to each other, and the world at large. The human figure is the genesis of my work. I have created a simplified human figure to express the essence of who we are. The figures I use represent our human selves, evolving and growing in a rapidly changing and complicated world. It is my vehicle to talk about us, as people, living in the shifting landscape of our contemporary lives. When working with ideas about communication, I feel there is a whole world within each person, a world rarely seen due to societal, cultural, and other limitations, which form a barrier to true communication and to our really “knowing” one another, to seeing into each others hearts or souls. Will burgeoning technologies and mass global communication take us into the future as a glorious tapestry of humanity, or will we draw back, become more insular, fearful, and alienated from each other?