Artist-in-Residence 2016

 

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. 

January 2018

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?

Dyptich paintings in Faculty library
Dyptich paintings in Faculty library
Being Human - Night
Being Human - Night
Being Human - Day
Being Human - Day
Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci
Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci

Inspiration and starting point for the large collective dyptich paintings. Did you know that the creator of the Mona Lisa was also the first Occidental medical illustrator?

Bear Spirit by Norval Morrisseau
Bear Spirit by Norval Morrisseau

The other starting point for the large collective paintings - mystical images from Mr Morrisseau's own Ojibwe culture that illustrate the relationships between all things.

Painting by Carl Ray
Painting by Carl Ray

Inspiration for the large collective paintings - Powerful images that illustrate the relationships between all things, issued from the artist's Cree culture.

Sue Coccia's Animal Spirit images
Sue Coccia's Animal Spirit images

Inspiration for the large collective paintings. Here the Musk Ox illustrates again the relationship of this animal with its environment.

Being Human - Night
Being Human - Night

Work in progress.

Being Human - Day
Being Human - Day

Work in progress.