Other Side

By Daniel Cleghorn and Iain Chisholm

Medium used: Steel – Hanging requirements: wall mount is to be screwed in 43 inches from the ground. The bottom of the sculpture should be three feet from the ground. This is relational to Iain’s abdomen and part of the piece.

Artist Biography

Born in Alberta, and raised between the small towns of Rocky Ford AB, Powell River BC and the city of Calgary AB. My work reflects from the contrast of the two cultures: small town for its community based and empathic value, and city life for its large scale and minimalist style. Currently enrolled at the Alberta College of Art + Design in my third year, as a sculpture major. The undertone of my work is based on the idea of empathy and creating a catalyst for thought and communications between the viewers.

Using the artist’s words, summarize the artwork and how they feel it reflects the patient’s moment of meaning

Talking to Iain about the “moment of meaning” he couldn’t pinpoint one. He just took the Crohn’s as it came, in stride, which was my inspiration. The size and height of the piece is that of Iain’s abdomen to make unique to Iain and his condition. [...] continue the story


By Zakhari Halas

Medium used: Watercolor and pencil crayon

Artist Biography

Zak Halas an Illustrator and Designer studying at the Alberta College of Art and Design. His practice mainly focusses on comics, illustrated books, and other forms of narrative art. Film and film theory influence much of his work, drawing upon his four years of experience in the Film Studies program at Concordia University in Montreal. He is currently in the process of writing and drawing his own graphic novel, and is spending his time at school experimenting with a variety of media and styles.

Using the artist’s words, summarize the artwork and how they feel it reflects the patient’s moment of meaning

For this piece I wanted to explore the emotional effects that inflammatory diseases had on my conversation partner. Our interview revealed that it was during his childhood that he felt the most impact from these maladies, and I felt that this would be an excellent focal point for the project. I was particularly drawn to the invasive nature that his initial care had. There was a sense of claustrophobia, and a desire for normalcy in his described experiences. I wanted to show that these diseases presented an overwhelming unknown presence to a [...] continue the story

Trapped Within

By Micaela Blondin de Boer

Medium used: Digital

Artist Biography

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 [...] continue the story

The Walking Gallery of Healthcare

The Walking Gallery is a walking wall of individuals who wear personal patient narrative paintings on their backs. They are attending medical conferences where often there isn’t a patient speaker on the dais or in the audience. They are providing a patient voice, and by doing so, are changing the conversation. While creating national health policy medical professionals and government officials are often more reliant on aggregate data sets, bar charts, graphs and statistics, rather than the whole picture of care, the personal patient narrative and the individual human face.

The Walking Gallery movement hopes to diversify the source content that is used to create the foundation for patient centered care policy, by infusing art imagery depicting a unique patient history or personal story.

An artist or artists will interview medical professionals and lay individuals to form a patient centric narrative. The artist will then create representational imagery and paint that picture story upon the business jacket of the provider of the narrative account. The provider of the patient story aka “Walker” will wear the jacket to medical conferences and events in order to disseminate the patient story to a large group of policy minded attendees and to represent the individual patient [...] continue the story

The Sugar Project: Modern Day Navajo Monster

Video by Chantelle Yazzie charges us all with a call to action. All photos taken by SKID Photography — Chantelle Yazzie Photos / Original Artwork made by Chantelle Yazzie.

Brief video is Chantelle Yazzie’s interpretation of what diabetes is doing to the Navajo people.