Medicine is full of emotive and ‘soulful’ images. Not only those we witness with our eyes, but those we picture in our mind’s eye along with individual thoughts, feelings and sensations. Our imagination is very rich. What happens when we attend to these inner images, use our powers of perception and stay in touch with our intuition?
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has just published a thesis on ‘Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the Culture of Healthcare’ (Ballatt and Campling 2011). New ways of seeing and attending to our powers of perception are timely. Maybe aesthetic appreciation and artistic processes can make an impact by raising awareness for more humane and compassionate care.
Here, images and a short participatory piece are used as ‘tools’ for stirring the imagination and generating discussion.
Helena Fox MA Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes University 2011. Continued as PhD 2012 – current. For more…please see section on dashboard of this website.