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The Medicine Cabinet
2021, oil on canvas, 24 x 36″.
This image depicts a common scene of a woman, visiting her medicine cabinet in the morning. The various bottles contain medicine all of the medicines needed to regulate her entire body. There is something to stabilize her blood pressure. Something to stabilize her pain. Something to stabilize her blood sugar. And, even something to stabilize her mood. Although she believes that she is quite alive, the skeletal figure underlies that she is actually slowly dying due to her reliance on pills.
My Year as an ER Physician During Covid
2021, oil on canvas, 18 x 24″.
This image depicts a collective feeling of health care professionals during the pandemic. Notice the stack of books that represent the 12+ grueling years she has spent studying the science of disease. She is exhausted and rests her head against this stack while her expertise is challenged by rampant misinformation and quackery. Although she has never waivered in her desire to save lives, note the stethoscope slowly dropping as she contemplates giving up the practice of medicine.
2021, graphite on paper, 24 x 24″, Published in Intime: Journal of Narrative Medicine
This drawing depicts the detailed anatomy of the brain as it screams during this pandemic. It represents the complex emotions that run through each and every one of us: denial, desperation, uncertainty, and fear. And in particular, the fear that every single healthcare worker on the front line experienced. Fear at the number of people who died. Fear at potential exposure while helping others. Fear at the utter helplessness.