Sunday, 13 April 2014

Art as medicine

Art has been used as a therapy since years ago. The relation between art and medicine started in psiquiatrics hospitals as a way for doctors to study patients throught out their paintins. Soon it became clear that art help the patients in many different ways. 

Nowadays many hospitals have alternative therapies as a therapeutic complement to the medical treatment. 

In recent years, complementary and alternative therapies have become increasingly accepted in integrative medicine.

From the bedside to the operating room, from the dialysis suite to the intensive care unit, expressive arts therapists have enhanced the quality of life for medically ill people and their families for over half a century. In rehabilitation facilities, clinics, and hospitals, arts therapists help patients to maintain dignity and hope in the midst of physical and psychological trauma and uncertainty.

Arts therapists also empower their clients to meet difficult challenges by teaching creative coping skills. Their inventive approaches, developed under extraordinary conditions, are a valuable resource for all clinicians in a wide variety of settings.
                 — Judith A. Rubin, PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, Institute Chair

However, some people still doubting about the effectiveness of this kind of alternative therapies, because science has not been able to demostrate the benefits of it. At least that is the point of view of a recent study, which you can read at the medical site JAMA

What do you think? Has art the power to improve the health of the sick?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Sarah Crowner

Born 1974 in Philadelphia, Sarah Crowner is an international artist easily recognized for her rectangular paintings by sewing together a few irregularly shaped slices of canvas, some raw, some painted searing shades of red, orange or yellow.

In her last solo exhibiton at the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery the New York Times published: "Installed as a room-within-a-room, it displays Ms. Crowner’s signature sewn abstractions, stitched together from painted canvas, around a tiled viewing platform that’s her most impressive foray yet into ceramics." (JAN. 9, 2014). Keep reading it here. 

Hope you really enjoy her beautiful abtract artworks ;)

The Wave (Ruby), acrylic on canvas

Leaf Motif (Girard), acrylic on canvas

Untitled, oil and guaché on canvas

Stage Right, Stage Left, oil on wood and stained wood

Continuum, guaché on canvas

Lemon and Orange, acrylic on canvas

Platform, Hot Blue Terracotta

Hands (Girard), oil on canvas

The Wave, acrylic on canvas

Untitled, stitched fabric.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Patrick Redmond

Patrick Redmond is an Irish artist; he was born in Dublin in 1976 and studied at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. You can find his realistic art work at The Molesworth Gallery, also in Dublin (and if you are in Dublin, this gallery is worth visiting). 

Here you can read an essay about our artist of the week. 

I hope you find his portraits as interesting as I do. Have a great week :)

Johnny, oil on canvas.

Sam, oil on canvas.

7up, oil on canvas.

Portrait of my father, oil on canvas.

The Sleep of Reason

Escape, oil on canvas.

Man, oil on board.

Radio, oil on canvas.

Girl, oil on board.

Untitled, oil on board.