Art Collection – Hektoen International

Dreams of healing

Rev. Kari Lindholm-Johnson Chicago, Illinois, USA As a chaplain at Swedish Covenant Hospital, I am continually humbled in experiencing the force of people’s desire for healing. Patients willingly subject themselves to rigorous treatments in the pursuit of life, entrusting themselves to healthcare workers. This strong yearning for healing was explored in the Dreams of Healing […]

Running on empty

Zel Brook Corvallis, Oregon, USA Artist’s statement: My photography, sculpture, and paintings document my lifelong experiences with illness and disability.   Self-portrait with dysfunctional wheelchair Zel Brook Wood, metal, rubber 50” x 40” This piece is a re-use of wheelchair wheels on an uncomfortable chair with my cane balanced on the seat. This reflects the […]

Progressions, 2009

Zachary T. Hollis Artist statement Progressions is a work inspired by M.C. Escher, admired by many as a visual mathematician. The use of negative space and positive space, their play on each other, and how we perceive what we see has always been of great interest to Zachary Hollis. In regards to the field of […]

Pareidolia

Vesna Jovanovic Chicago, Illinois, USA   Artist’s statement I began working on the Pareidolia series in 2002 as part of my interest in exploring the relationship between chance and order. After randomly spilling some ink on paper, I looked at the shapes and saw objects that I associate with science: test tubes, flasks, and other […]

Pareidolia Santa Fe

Vesna Jovanovic Chicago, Illinois, USA Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon of seeing a recognizable image in something otherwise random, like clouds or wood grain.In the summer of 2011, I spent two months as an artist in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which is located in the high desert of New Mexico at about […]

Beyond: The art of Tim Lowly

Tim Lowly Chicago, Illinois, USA I make paintings: trying to get out of the way. Most of the work that I have done in the last 30 years has been realistic towards the goal of engaging the viewer. That said, this “clarity of representation” has generally featured subjects that I regard with wonder. And as […]

Homelessness

Rory Hutchinson         Mixed media on canvas 100cm x 100cm (private collection)   This painting is inspired by the plight of homeless patients and aims to highlight their loneliness and the isolation. Suspended in nothingness, the figure sits alone, surrounded by all he owns. He looks down, shoulders slumped. The viewer is […]

Fertility/Futility

Raina Cowan Chicago, Illinois, USA Artist’s statement While undergoing treatment for infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss, I became fascinated by the inner workings of the body. I made delicate watercolors: meditations on the elusive process of conception. Other pieces emerged: a cardboard marionette whose flayed heart is on the verge of bursting into flames; assemblage […]

Marc Chagall brings a message of hope and faith to the disabled

Rachel C. Baker Chicago, Illinois, USA   Rehabilitating the disabled requires not only physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists, social workers, and speech pathologists, but also aesthetically appealing surroundings. According to visionary Henry B. Betts, MD, former President of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), We do this by surrounding each disabled person with people and an […]

The fisherman’s lasagna: a love story about prescriptive photomontage and anorexia

Nancy Gershman, prescriptive artist Chicago, Illinois, USA Lauren Lazar Stern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Can Sally,1 a 32-year old struggling with anorexia also be a responsible student nurse on an eating disorder unit? The answer is never under-estimate the power of denial.2 The very qualities that masked Sally’s obsessive thinking about fat and the next meal were […]