Monday 11 November 2019

Art finds home at hospital

Staff and patients get artistic with the plywood ‘house’ at Wexford General Hospital
Staff and patients get artistic with the plywood ‘house’ at Wexford General Hospital

Maria Pepper

The first artistic residency at Wexford General Hospital is encouraging patients and staff to share stories and images from home places, creating a visual artwork for permanent display in the hospital.

Artist Kate Murphy was chosen to facilitate a short research residency in an initiative organised by the Arts Office of Wexford County Council with support from Creative Ireland.

The project is overseen by Edelle Nolan, the Arts and Health Officer at Wexford General Hospital.

For 'Home...Away from Home', Kate built a large plywood house structure mounted on casters which she wheels through the hospital, visiting different departments each week.

Over the past eight weeks, patients and staff have been invited to paint, draw, print or write on the house around the theme of Home.

Emphasis has been placed on the building up of textures by creating transparent layers on the panels of the house with each participant working over and around the previously created images, adding depth with each new process.

Images of home places, wallpapers, and even treasured pets have made their way onto the house.

Kate will add her own images and textures to the panels at the end of the project when the

the house will be dismantled and the house-shaped panels will be displayed as paintings within Wexford General Hospital with photographic documentation of the process.

The project will culminate with a launch of the finished pieces in late May 2019.

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