Category Archives: Soulful Expressions

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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Brian Eno’s “The Quiet Room” Meshes Art with Wellness

Eno uses visual art and music to make hospital stays more relaxing for patients

The sterile setting of a hospital might be the last place you’d imagine seeing an immersive, experimental work of art by Brian Eno. But this is exactly where he wanted his music and visual art to reside. Brian Eno’s “The Quiet … Continue reading

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American Fallen Soldiers Helps Brings Loved Ones Home Again

How an artist put a project in motion to help the family of a fallen friend

In July, 2006, artist Phil Taylor received some devastating information. His best friend, Blake, who was fighting in the war on terror, had been killed. Stunned and not knowing what to say to Blake’s family, Phil attended the memorial service. … Continue reading

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Art from Auschwitz Serves as a Warning in Dark Times

Art from Holocaust survivors reminds us why we cannot forget

In the wake of last week’s horrific violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, I, like most Americans, found myself asking, “How could this happen here?” Our country is not immune to domestic terrorism, certainly. From the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to the … Continue reading

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Eye of the Storm: Shawn Thornton Paints His Cancer

How an artist channeled a pineal gland tumor into stunning paintings

Philadelphia-based artist Shawn Thornton, now 40, suffered from a cancerous tumor of the pineal gland in his 20s.  Later, he channeled the pain of that experience into creating paintings that speak both to contemporary and yonder periods of art. The works … Continue reading

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