Art can be “safe.”
It can be contained
within waiting rooms and rolling art carts.
Art can be pinned down upon a sheet of construction paper
A waxwork of emotion.
It can be a moment of process with no intent.
Or it can be more.
Art can make clinical spaces “pretty.”
But as any child can tell you,
it can be dangerous to enter candy houses.
Art can be used to
mask the rotten
apple or it can be used
(or what one widow can
do with a borrowed ladder
an available wall and
$500.00 in paint.)
They can Write it on a Wall.
How can an outsider artist,
send a message to us all?
Painting Advocacy meets
Street art is truly the first global art movement fueled by the Internet.
–Marc and Sara Schiller, Wooster Collective, 2010
“The aim of art is to represent not
the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.”
This is the painting 73 cents.
This painting, like the internet,
advocates 24 hours a day
and you cannot tell a wall to shut up.
Next Steps: Why not paint open access hospital data sets…
The more stickers that are out there the more important it seems.
The more important it seems, the more people want to know what it is.
The more they ask they ask each other.
It gains real power from perceived power.-Shepard Fairey
We can redefine expectations of how we communicate
in medicine at every hospital, clinic and conference.
Let Patients Speak
We must encourage every committee,
conference and hospital board,
to actively recruit and include patients
in every aspect of the care process from
design to implementation to resolution.
Invite patients and you will include artists,
poets and writers in creating health policy.