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March 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | Tags: art, cancer, creativity, culture, death, disease, drawing, dying, grief, illness, language, life, literature, medical science, medicine, NHS, pain, painting, paper, patient autonomy. patient advocacy, philosophy, poetry | Leave a comment
Through my work I have seen and experienced much that accords with the worthy aims of medicine as a science that begins with preventing, treating and/or curing illness, and, where cure is not possible, end with facilitating what has been called ‘a good death’. I have also seen and experienced things that have given me pause and reason to question. I will continue questioning on behalf of the patient.
October 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Tags: africa, art, cadaver, creativity, death, dissection, drawing, dying, grief, hospital, language, life, literature, moving, museum, pain, philosophy, poetry, teaching, thoughts, University | Leave a comment
There’s that smell again
Familiar to me now
not the smell of Death so much as of lives once been
Remnants steeped in Thiel fluid
the smell of life deconstructed
A head torn from the vertebrae
Mouth agape as if gulping a final breath
Skin flayed from the mandible
Eyeless sockets that still see me
plead to be once more hidden under the plastic shroud
I am cold
It is cold in here
The remnant of his eyebrow expresses such pathos
Defying recourse to objectivity
to cold death
My drawing begins to change
I pull back the plastic shroud even further
June 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Tags: art, art process, cancer, Cancer Ward, creativity, culture, drawing, dying, exhibition, Full details, literature, new project, pain, philosophy, sicknesse, Singleton Hospital, Solzenitsyn, Swansea, the 'Other', thoughts | Leave a comment
Just got the news yesterday that I have a small amount of funding to carry out a project that is close to my heart and I have been thinking about for ages! I am of course delighted that I’ll finally be able to realise Cancer Ward 12 working at Singleton Hospital in Swansea. Work is now set to begin in November this year with an exhibition scheduled for June 2017. More details later but for now here is a brief summary of the idea.
Cancer Ward 12 draws on literature (The Cancer Ward, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, pub. 1967) and on life. It is a project that, as a discrete piece of research in its own right, carried out at Singleton hospital in Swansea, has enormous potential to further develop into a comparative study. There are two parts:
The first part involves my ‘immersion’ into the day-to-day life on the Oncology Ward of Singleton Hospital, which is a thirty bed, general oncology/haematology ward where patients with a variety of cancers and disease related symptoms are treated and cared for. Working directly with consenting patients and their family members/carers, and with health professionals and hospital staff I will document what I see and experience through drawing and written narrative. I will use a ‘narrative medicine’ approach to gather individual experiences of illness, and of different forms of giving and receiving treatment.
The second part of the project will involve developing all the notes and sketches made on site as a basis for creating a substantial a body of work for public exhibition.