Kathleen Noelle Black and Artists in Healthcare Manitoba — Culture Days 2019

Kathleen Noelle Black and Artists in Healthcare Manitoba — Culture Days 2019


– [Kathleen] I like to create
because it fulfills a need to look at the world in a different way. It’s too easy to kinda flash by in life without examining what’s there. I draw, paint, so I do
glasswork, I like sculpture. I don’t feel any need to be constrained by one particular medium. Some things do better in glass. Some things do better in paint. Depends on what you’re trying to express. It depends on how you see it. I have interesting art concepts of time. We rush to get places and then, we really don’t
always enjoy the journey. I love painting the colors, the choices, the blending that you can do, how you can layer and make
parts of it transparent, how you can make some parts a bit opaque. I can visualize time moving quickly. I can slow it down, I can pause it, that idea of holding the passing moment. What we do with our time,
it’s all very intriguing. My name is Kathleen Noelle Black. I am a multimedia artist. I also work for Artists in Healthcare. It’s an organization that allows artists and musicians to work
in a healthcare setting, providing that little bit of happiness, bringing creativity to a place that sometimes you don’t always see the creativity that’s there. When you are a cancer patient, you can choose to receive treatment or you can decide not to get treatment. There’s often different options. Not all of them are ones
we would want to choose, so it’s important to offer choices as to the activity they would like to do. And I just showed up one day and had some art supplies on a cart, offered projects for patients to do, and we gradually created
this lovely program that helps people relax,
helps improve communication, and it provides some
focus and an opportunity to ask questions and relate
to the people around them. There’s a place for
creativity in every setting and if it improves the
well-being of the person seeing, watching, participating. That’s very important.

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