At the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine
Humanities in Medicine Program
An innovative project bringing Humanities into the study of Medicine.
Artist's residency from February to December 2016
A series of workshops for the Faculty's medical students and staff that explored the many roles that the arts can play in health, both from a Western perspective (based on contemporary visual arts and art therapy studies) as well as from traditional Indigenous perspectives (based on traditional teachings received from elders and teachers of various nations, including Mohawk, Cree, Ojibwe, Algonquin, Metis and Cheyenne).
Please note that the 2016 residency and workshops have ended.
The collaborative dyptich paintings were completed and donated to the Faculty of Medicine! They are now hanging in the Faculty's library, hopefully to inspire new ways of thinking about what healing and medicine truly mean...
What if our biology is a reflection of everything that contributed to making us who and what we are today? The food we eat, the water we drink and bathe in, the air we breathe... and also the words we hear (from others and ourselves) and those we put out, the things we witness, the love we receive, the emotions we experience ... what role does all of this play in maintaining and restoring health? And what about terminal illness? What can be done when the outcome is the death of the physical body?
How can Western medicine and the arts/humanities be used together, as complements, to assist human beings whose body is calling for help and letting them know that things are out of balance?