World Patient Safety Day

Patient, Family and Survivor Art Gallery

Artistic expression is powerful for healing.

Art can be an extremely effective form of therapy that can foster healing and mental well-being. We are putting together a gallery of artwork, comprised of all different mediums, on our website to showcase how the public is using art to heal from medical harm. Please consider sharing your artwork, whether it’s a doodle in a notepad or a metal sculpture, a ceramic piece or a watercolor, we’d like to show the world the artistic expressions that have helped you and your family heal.

The Gallery

Thank you to those of you who have shared your personal expressions of the emotions you’ve felt as you’ve navigated your experience with medical errors whether it ended in tragedy or in joy. And, remember, viewing art is also therapeutic. So if you don’t have art to share please feel free to come back regularly to absorb the pieces that are posted here.

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“When will this be over?…” was a collaboration with photographer, George Metivier, who captured images of me during my radiation treatment. This collage feels very isolated and I couldn’t wait for treatment to be completed.
(c)1995 all rights reserved Monica McDade

This is a jacket Soojin Jun painted with all advocates and survivors who were willing to share their names and gave permission to use them on the jacket image, which she painted for the initial meeting in 2019 in prep of unite for safe care events.

This is the jacket Regina Holliday painted for Soojin Jun. See her walking gallery of healthcare project.

In mythologies all around the world, blackbirds appear as a symbol of death. In Native American stories, ravens often symbolize change and transformation. For us, blackbirds have an even deeper, more personal significance. On the night that Benjamin died, two blackbirds sat singing in a tree outside our hospital window. They sang until morning. Their song reminded us of the beauty of the moment and helped us to embrace the short time we physically had with Benjamin. The following morning, when we left the hospital, blackbirds were covering our car. In that moment, our hearts were lifted as we felt instantly our spiritual connection with Benjamin. Ever since then, we see blackbirds often. And every time we do, we are filled with gratitude for Benjamin and the guiding force of his spiritual presence in our life.

Blue Waters: How often do we find ourselves feeling blue? More importantly, how often do we find ourselves judging ourselves for not being perky, happy or energized? Blue Waters is an exploration of the many qualities and characteristics of “blueness” rather than rushing in to fix or heal the sadness, the fatigue, or the judgment. From the willingness to be playful with this inquiry, there emerged first many nuances of blue, of different colors, of the felt quality of water; and finally a feminine figure who exudes the sense of welcoming me as I am. She is happy that I have slowed down enough to receive the gifts she has for me from the depths of me.
Blue Waters is available for loan to galleries featuring therapeutic art on behalf of healing from trauma. Inquire with [email protected].

Broken Heart: This piece of artwork, made with embroidery, was purchased from artist Sam Hunter after I suffered a coronary artery dissection following an angiogram. It is a reminder that while my heart is broken, I am not. It gives me the power to continue healing and reinforces my efforts to make healthcare safer and more transparent.