My love for art overlaps with my passion for helping children get through their toughest days. I am honored to watch every day how transformative the art at Le Bonheur is for its patients, families, and staff. I have been commissioned to create art for this hospital that is conducive to the space it will live in while also effectively sharing a desired message. I have enjoyed the challenges of these projects and the rewarding feeling of seeing people interact with the final products. Le Bonheur's art collection is thoughtfully and beautifully curated by Linda Hill who has taught me so much and has provided me with the opportunity to produce the projects featured below.
While at Le Bonheur, I’ve had the privilege of working with patients and families on crafts, collaborative art projects, and I’ve watched how other expressive arts like music and dance, aid in healing. What may seem like such trivial activities to some, can elevate a patient’s mood which has proven to produce better health outcomes. This connection between mind and body is important and can inform and shape methods of treatment. At Le Bonheur, the Child Life Department does an incredible job of using play, art, and music to help children deal with their questions and emotions while in the hospital.
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is truly #allheART
HOLIDAY WOODLAND WINDOW DISPLAY
The holidays can already be a tough time for many people. Add a pandemic and it becomes even more stressful and difficult. Whether you are a patient / family feeling isolated from your support system, a staff member who is feeling burnt out, or really anyone who comes through the lobby of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital with the heaviness of loss weighing on them, I hope this window display can be a place of respite for you. I wanted to create a soft scene for your eyes to rest as you pass by quickly, but also to wander through if you stop to look closer.
ONE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES
This installation was created to celebrate the dedication, sacrifice, commitment, teamwork and strength displayed by Le Bonheur Associates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Japanese folklore, the crane is a mystical creature believed to live 1,000 years and represents longevity and good fortune. Legend says that when someone folds 1,000 paper cranes they are granted a wish or their prayers are answered, which has widely made folding 1,000 paper cranes a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.
As I folded these cranes I wrote the name of one of our nearly 200 departments inside each one. I included words of hope, strength and acknowledgment that everyone in our Le Bonheur family is facing challenges.
To read the article about this exhibit featured in Le Bonheur's Securing the Promise magazine, click here.
CELEBRATE & SHARE THE LE BONHEUR STORY
Paper sculptures for an event put together by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. These centerpieces were created to reflect the event's theme of celebrating and sharing the Le Bonheur story in order to help write our next chapter.
LE BONHEUR & SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOLS
Art created for Le Bonheur's four nurse's offices new to Shelby County Schools in 2019.
LE BONHEUR 2019 CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Decking the halls with wreaths of holly constructed with paper leaves decorated by patients and their families in the Creative Arts Room. Also see the origami crane mobiles in the community room I folded and we installed for the season.
LE BONHEUR ASSOCIATES' CAMPAIGN
Celebrating the work of our associates with hand-painted signs