A collection of writings and multimedia that describe and detail the perspective of an artist in residence in the hospital and their work at the bedside.
Ricky Kendall, Musician in Residence
Ricky is a musician from the Gainesville, FL area who serves as a musician in residence with UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. His reflections on patient engagements during his practice have been curated as blog posts which provide new perspective on what it means to work in a hospital in a patient-led service.
“I want to respect this space, so I sit silent for the next few moments. When she speaks, she tells me how lovely it is to have someone sing to her, especially in these circumstances.”
“Acting upon a creative impulse can excite the mind and body because the act of creation promises something new. Something that wasn’t there before appears because someone put it there, be it a color, a word or a sound.”
” Historically, our respective fields of practice were not known to overlap or collaborate…”
“I met him through a nurse on a cardiac ICU. ‘Could you play for my patient?’ she asked. ‘And don’t tell him I told you this, but he can really sing. Try to get him to sing with you.'”
Betsy Fisher, Guest Writer
Betsy Fisher is a mother, writer, and champion of Arts in Medicine. During her time as a caregiver to her son, Marshal, she wrote from her point of view about Marshal’s experiences in a healthcare setting where the arts and health often intersected. These are entries from her journals.
“Ricky arrived in the early afternoon. He was carrying a guitar, just in case, but quickly discovered that drawing, not making music, was to be his calling today. ”
“I have heard these words so many times before. They were my clue that it was not only okay but imperative that I leave the room and give the two of them their studio.”
Making more from art and crafting supplies provided.
That’s just what he did and who he was.”
“‘…and so it begins.’ I described how we were right where we needed to be, together. We didn’t like parts of being a cancer family. In fact we liked little of it, but we were already getting better at it.”
“It moved in one afternoon…
the front, bringing a warmth
they had forgotten somehow
but just to the living room.”
“It is love carrying on. It is my proof. Living proof that just as more can be made from these incredible beginnings of doodles and sketches, more can be made from my story with Marshal.”