Tag Archives: Art Collection

Albert C. Barnes, MD: the physician who spun silver into gold

Sylvia R. Karasu New York, New York, United States   Argyrol, the compound developed by Dr. Albert C. Barnes and Dr. Hermann Hille to treat ophthalmia neonatorum, a conjunctivitis that led to blindness in newborns then caused by gram-negative gonococcus bacteria. Infection was contracted from mothers during vaginal delivery. Credit: Argyrol bottle, c. 1902-1907, Barnes […]

Breese Nursing Home: an exploration of humanity and love

Ellen Jantzen Newport Beach, California, USA   I attended a nursing home Christmas party at the Breese Nursing Home in Illinois the week before Christmas, 2010 and was very moved by the residents and their families; it was a life-changing event for me. Before, while visiting my mother-in-law, I would divert my eyes when passing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Normal” – “Hang in There” – “The Monster” and other work

Monika Filipiak Peszek   About two years after my daughter was born, I was depressed. I didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything. I could feel myself growing heavier and heavier, and angrier and angrier. I was mad at my husband all the time. I blamed him for the way I was feeling. I […]