Seeing the Patient
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Seeing the Patient
Artist: Dr. Mark Gilbert
Curator: Dr. Wendy Stewart
Mark Gilbert’s collection, Seeing the Patient, explores the lived experience of children with epilepsy and their caregivers. It is being launched during March, which is Epilepsy Awareness Month in Canada.
Several portraits will be on display in a variety of mediums including pastels, charcoal, pen, pencil, and monoprint. The subjects, ages five to 25, are all from Dr. Wendy Stewart’s paediatric neurology practice, which is primarily based in Saint John. The portraits reflect in detail and sincerity the rich interactions witnessed between children and young people living with epilepsy and their families.
In Dr. Gilbert’s own words,
“Living with epilepsy can be isolating for both patient and their families… Yet the time I spent with the families who so generously gave their time, were permeated with conversation, laughter, dancing, singing and sometimes silence, as I drew. At other times, there were tears brought on by tiredness and frustration, and then there was the profoundly moving experience of watching the person I was drawing have a seizure and the deep compassion and care of the families as they quietly comforted to their child and held them throughout the process.
I hope that this small community of portraits will offer those who participated, and many who did not, a platform with which to express the challenges and joys of their experience and the richness, resilience and compassion of the relationships I had the privilege to witness.”
On March 26 at 7 p.m., (International Epilepsy Awareness Day), Dr. Wendy Stewart, who curated the collection, will give a talk about the exhibition and the importance of epilepsy awareness.
About Dr. Mark Gilbert:
Scottish researcher and artist, Dr. Mark Gilbert graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. He has exhibited at numerous venues in Europe and North America. His doctoral dissertation explored the experience of portraiture in a clinical setting for both artist and a small cohort of head and neck cancer patients at the UNMC. He continues to explore the relationship between art and medicine and its application in medical education, and is currently a research associate with the geriatrics program and the Medical Humanities (HEALS) program at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada.
About Dr. Wendy Stewart:
Dr. Wendy Stewart is a pediatric neurologist caring for children throughout New Brunswick. She initiated the Humanities Program in New Brunswick, and is very involved in the undergraduate medical program at DMNB. Music is her passion outside medicine and she is a member of a number of diverse musical groups. Dr. Stewart is interested in how music and the arts impact the brain and specifically how they influence the developing medical professional. She has a number of projects in process that combine the humanities with medical education, and will develop and evaluate a longitudinal integrated humanities curriculum.