Category Archives: Soulful Expressions

Bringing 17th Century Still Life Vanitas Into the Modern World

Dirk Staschke takes us back through history with his symbolic art

You’re more likely to see still life vanitas hanging on the walls of historic art museums than in modern art galleries. This distinctive style of Dutch art, which reached peak popularity in the 16th and 17th Century, isn’t nearly as … Continue reading

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Women with Cancer Turn Baldness Into Art

Sporting intricate henna "crowns" lets cancer survivors reclaim their identity

Women with cancer face many challenges: the physical effects of cancer and its treatment;  the emotional devastation of learning that life is about to change in many unknowable ways; the fear of pain; and the possibility of premature death. They … Continue reading

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Adrian Arleo’s Sculptures About Loss Meld Nature with Humankind

The sculptor crafts haunting displays that represent loss, death and rebirth

When we die, our bodies eventually revert back to nature, allowing new life to occupy the space that we’ve left behind. Few artists are able to capture this complex cycle of death and rebirth as accurately as Adrian Arleo. Her … Continue reading

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“The Ivory Mirror” Exhibit Asks Students To Consider Death

Questions about mortality and self are important for young people to think about

A liberal arts college in New England is intentionally making its students think about death and their own mortality. Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, is currently hosting an art exhibition titled “The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe” … Continue reading

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A Hospital Gown Redesign Empowers Patients Through Fashion

Multiple hospitals are rethinking the classic backless blue smock

If you find yourself wearing a hospital gown, being fashionable is probably going to be pretty low on your list of priorities. Yet the clothes we wear, including utilitarian outfits like hospital gowns, do have an impact on our mood and … Continue reading

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Alan Lee Takes Photos of Hospice Life

A dying photographer's poignant exhibition documents precious moments at the end of life

Alan Lee is dying. Since last June, the 69-year old freelance photographer has been a patient at the Assisi Hospice in Singapore, where he is suffering from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. But Mr. Lee is not in … Continue reading

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