By Micaela Blondin de Boer
Micaela is in her final year of study at the Alberta College of Art and Design in the Character Design program. Dramatic costuming and fantasy environments influence her; so much of her art reflects her imagination. She is passionate about writing and focuses her art and design on novels she is working on. Micaela is passionate about creating traditional looking paintings through digital mediums.
Using the artist’s words, summarize the artwork and how they feel it reflects the patient’s moment of meaning
The overall feeling I got from her was her sense of loss and loneliness that came with coping with psoriasis. Remaining isolated from those who do not understand the disease; she was, in a sense, trapped within her home and her body. There were many years that she gave up, and a prevailing sadness and depression became the norm. The inability to speak openly about psoriasis without fear of judgment hampered her ability to maintain connections and feel free from her disease.
Using the artist’s words, describe how they felt about this experience
‘Trapped Within’ is a visual representation of her feelings towards her psoriasis and the experience she had with the disease. The bands of light upon the figure are meant to show the reclusive and often confining nature of coping with the disease. Although psoriasis caused a sense of loneliness and isolation, I chose to use a warm palette for the piece to show her strength even when she had given up.
From Cecily, living with Psoriasis
From the time I was 11, psoriasis ruled my life. Growing up with it was hard; it affected my self-esteem and my ability to feel confident amongst my peers. I stopped seeking care as an adult, assuming that nothing would work. My life turned around after I was hospitalized with the disease, which took a turn for the worst. At this point in 2006, I was finally referred to a proper dermatologist from the hospital. It took until 2010 to find the care that worked, but my life turned around 180 degrees. I’ve lost 65 pounds, found a great job, gone back to university and am excelling at my studies. The past 3 years have been like a whole new world for me. I am grateful for the care that works.
‘Perspectives – Art, Inflammation and Me’ is an initiative that brings together more than 200 artists with patients in more than 40 countries. Together, they have created a series of paintings, sculptures, photos and other artistic expressions that vividly depict — and help others understand — the impact of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs). Inspired by patients’ stories, independent artists and students from a number of art universities created each piece to help more people better understand the burdens associated with some of these chronic and debilitating conditions. In addition to independent artists from all parts of the world, students from more than 15 universities coordinated by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Universitat Politecnica de Valencia) were able to add their “Perspectives.”
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More than 100 unique artistic expressions from ‘Perspectives – Art, Inflammation and Me’ debuted at the 9th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) in Copenhagen, Denmark February 20, 2014, generously supported by AbbVie.