Sacred Heart Hospital, Castlebar
Commissioned by: Percent for Art – HSE West and Sacred Heart Hospital
Architects: MCA Architects
Main Contractor: Carey Building Contractors
Materials: Relief ceramic tiles
Techniques: Mono-printed and hand drawn illustrations on a stoneware ceramic clay.
Dimensions: 6m x 1.2m (2 areas)
A series of two artworks depicting a washing line made from flat printed and textured ceramic shapes with illustrations on their surfaces forming a dynamic artwork to connect to the surrounding area and the residents.
Poems, photographs, snippets of songs and sayings are found throughout the patterns on the clothes with images inspired by conversations with the residents reminiscing about their lives.
Inspired by the new hospital site and incorporating bright colours, textures and images, this artwork flows along the wall and brings in layers of history and artefacts found in the area.
By walking the same corridor every day, the residents can revisit things that they have seen and create a connection even if it is only short term. It becomes a point of engagement with visitors and residents and helps to develop different conversations with them.
While visiting relatives in residential care I have found that something to talk about or reminisce helps to get some conversation started when memory loss and dementia are involved.