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Imaging Nursing


In 2016 I was invited to contribute art for the opening of a new nursing building at a university. With this series of work I tried to move beyond the archetypal image of the nurse as a young white woman in scrubs comforting a patient in an inpatient setting. I wanted to show a more dynamic nursing practice that recognizes that nurses are the largest group of healthcare workers worldwide. I also hoped to show work that recognized the centrality of the modern Nightingale model of nursing, but also acknowledged the central role of indigenous healers, nurses, and midwives from the dawn of history to the present day. This packet is composed of digital reproductions of those paintings.

More information about the process of constructing these images can be found here.

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