Three artists come together to showcase works related to illness
Art can be a channel for so many things, especially for someone who is healing. That is what Darian Goldin Stahl, Gerry Yaum, and Sima Elizabeth Shefrin are all coming together to showcase at the upcoming Healing Process exhibit at the Art Gallery of St. Albert.
Illness is all too common in our society, with many people being affected—the sufferer, the caretaker, the family members, friends—all of which are moved to some capacity when someone is diagnosed with an illness. Photography and fine art can aid greatly in the expression of one’s pain.
Goldin Stahl, one of the artists showing her works at the exhibit, knows the close pain and hardships one can go through when a loved one is affected.
“I collaborate with my sister, who is a bio ethicist at Michigan State University, and she is also a hospital chaplain, and she is also a patient. She herself has multiple sclerosis,” says Goldin Stahl, a PHD student at Montreal’s Concordia University. “She writes a lot about being a patient from her really unique and holistic perspective, and she shares those papers with me and I interpret them visually using her own MRI scans.”
Goldin Stahl’s pieces for her collection entitled MRI IN USE are two dimensional life-size hospital gowns that are suspended and have projections on them. The inspiration is mostly from her sister’s struggles, and the vulnerability she faces when wearing a hospital gown.
“My sister wrote quite extensively about wearing the hospital gown, and how it made her feel quite vulnerable, especially as a young woman having a full-body scan wearing this very flimsy and cold garment, and how uncomfortable even the technicians made her feel,” Goldin Stahl says. “I decided to tackle this idea of the hospital gown as a particular point of vulnerability, and as a symbol of the patient process in general.”
Gerry Yaum, a social documentary photographer who is also involved in the exhibit, will have his black and white photographs displayed that depict the last part of his father’s life. The emotional collection is titled, “My Father’s Last Days” which shows the affects of pancreatic cancer.
Also taking part is Shefrin, a B.C. based artist who has created comics depicting the stages her and her husband went through when they found out he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, as well as the journey of treatment. The collection is titled “Embroidered Cancer Comic.”
The three artists haven’t collaborated together before, but the themes in their works come together to create an important narrative.
“It’s a way to let us know that this isn’t a unique experience, and that we have a community of people that are caretakers just like what is happening in everyone else’s homes,” says Goldin Stahl. “I think arts greatest purpose is to give empathy to others. This is an issue that is universal.”
Thu., Aug. 3 – Sept. 2
Art Gallery of St. Albert