News from Upstate
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828
Masks of Hope and Healing on display at children’s hospital art gallery
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Images of colorful masks that young patients created to express their emotions and tell stories from their journeys of healing and recovery will be on display in the 12th floor art gallery at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital through October.
The exhibition, Masks of Hope and Healing, showcases photographs of masks created by 31 patients at the children’s hospital in 2012.
The children painted their masks from hospital beds, adding titles to describe the emotions behind each stroke and color. Masks painted in hues of blue carry names like “My World of Blues,” while another patient called her colorful mask the “Hope Mask.” One patient covered her mask with algebraic formulas to express the numbers running through her mind as she worked to carry on with her studies, while sick.
According to Lucy Barbera, PhD, a medical art therapist at Golisano, every one of these artists, or patients, was on what can be considered a “hero’s journey” and each had a story to tell. Painting of the masks provided a symbolic way for the artists to tell their stories of pain and healing.
“When they take their art home, the masks serve as a bridge between the patient’s experience in the hospital and home,” said Barbera. “Even though some of them look scary, creating them was liberating because the patients were able to release negative emotions and fears. The masks carry a positive healing message and a record of self.”
Mask-making can be an art therapy tool that offers an alternative form of communication through which the artist can express his or her feelings and experiences. According to Barbera, creating art expands the skills and abilities, re-builds their confidence and self-esteem, and helps patients adapt to new conditions and surroundings. In many cases, painting masks provided the artists with an enjoyable distraction from pain, stress and anxiety, and allowed them the opportunity to confront fears.
For all the patients, the masks created a bridge between their inner feelings and outer expression, giving the viewer glimpses of their brave journeys.
Search Upstate News
Upstate in the News
- Exposure to music can help your baby learn important skills
WTVH CBS5 Syracuse
- White coats and a white picket fence for couple matched together
WSYR TV9 Syracuse
- Upstate med students celebrate 'Shut Up and Match' day (Video)
Syracuse Post Standard
- Upstate Medical receives $375K grant for mental-health training program
Central New York Business Journal
- New Preventive Services Task Force Member Named
Advance for Health Information Executives
- CNY family hopes for marrow match; Upstate students line up to see if they match
Syracuse Post Standard