Hands

By Konstantinos Chatzopoulos

COUNTRY: Greece

DISEASE: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

FORMAT: Graphic Design Poster

ARTIST’S SUMMARY

The artwork depicts two children’s hands and in the background a collage of paintings created by children who suffer from this disease. The hands have a double meaning. At first, they are presented as a part of the body affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, but also as a symbol of creativity, strength and determination. The message I want to pass on with this project is a message of optimism, also emitted by the children themselves through colorful paintings.

PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE

Statements from the children:

“My mother says that what does not kill you makes you stronger…” “I realize every day that my disease has so many different faces…” “The only thing I want is to be able to run and play with my friends…” “I cherish Summer Camp because I can do so many things there, I can be with friends who feel the same, I can ride a bicycle, swim, play. And I do not need to explain to them WHY it hurts so much sometimes, they simply understand because they suffer too…”

About Perspectives

‘Perspectives – Art, Inflammation and Me’ is an initiative that brings together more than 200 artists with patients in more than 40 [...] continue the story

Endeavor

By Chloe Diana Saunders

Medium used: Acrylic on canvas & embroidery thread

Artist Biography

I am a Calgary based artist and third year painting major at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Media experimentation is a large part of my practice, however I work primarily in the fields of painting and drawing. I am interested in the qualities of form, color and composition in an abstract painting process. I believe that painting and drawing create a strong foundation in my practice from which I am able to explore ideas of material use, visual aesthetics and emotional responses in a complexity of directions.

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

Getting to know Jennifer and her experience with her immune-mediated inflammatory disease (IMID) gave me insight into the individuality of each case. The piece that I created is a reflection of how an individual can choose to react in the face of adversity. This piece depicts a choice to continue striving for ones full potential, despite the inherent challenges of living with an IMID.

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I thought that this experience was a really interesting collaboration of [...] continue the story

Bride

By Yavora Petova

COUNTRY: Bulgaria

DISEASE: Crohn’s Disease

FORMAT: Drawing/Illustration

ARTIST’S SUMMARY

Figures included represent single and accompanied life experiences compared to the patient’s description.

PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE

Patient, 26 years old: “I wanted to become a dancer, but I gave up my dream when I was 13 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. My inner world was changing from a volcano of emotions to a black hole. I went through desperation, depression, stress, panic, strict diets and drastic change in my appearance, forced isolation and constant mimicry. Earlier I was living through my feelings, now through the mind.”

About Perspectives

‘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 [...] continue the story

I Will Manage Whatever Happens

By Sally Mayne

Medium used: Etching

Artist Biography

Sally Mayne is a Print Media major at the Alberta College of Art & Design. Her current practice focuses on the exploration of understanding personal identity in relation to one’s search for belonging through ancestry, communal landscape and memory. Her work takes shape through an array of mediums, including printmaking, film, audio, installation, and photography. Within this search, her work focuses on both the duality and dichotomy between the past and present, the individual and the shared, and how we choose to navigate those qualities within ourselves.

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

In moments where a disease compromises feelings of comfort and stability, the words “I will manage whatever happens”, arise. This image reflects the person’s ability to ground herself by way of finding inner strength through this focused mantra of self-empowerment. The image’s glowing circle and tree-like form symbolize the core of the person’s being; a light that surpasses ailment and reminds her of her complexities and what she is capable of. The wrapping, tumbling texture of the tree speaks to a gathering of love for ones self, despite the identity that the [...] continue the story

“I wished that I had it instead of him.”

By Amy Pon

Medium used: Digital Print

Artist Biography

I am a third year Graphic Design student at the Alberta College of Art and Design. I am particularly interested in print design, typography and photography. For me, design is the combination of desire and creative innovation to better something — especially clarity and coherence of a message. It is always my objective to create pieces that reflect the needs of a patron or client, and to be an instrument in best expressing a message that needs to be heard.

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

This piece is a reflection of the person’s experience as the mother of a child diagnosed with Crohn’s. The laundry line symbolizes the warmth and tenderness of a mother’s care. The line is set against a cold, winter landscape that becomes imperceptible as it fades to white. The landscape symbolizes the ambiguous nature of the illness, and the lack of physical control that she has over her son’s illness. In spite of this, there is a quiet strength and optimism.

Using the artist’s words, describe how they felt about this experience

The subject had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis two [...] continue the story