Artwork from the Bringing Breathlessness into View exhibition

Arts and Health

How can the arts and health go together? Listen to our interview with Joe Hakim on BBC Radio Humberside to hear how we are trying to bring breathlessness into view using the arts.

In the interview Janice says the exhibition makes breathlessness become more real and that she hopes people understand how life changing breathlessness is. Here are two images she co-created with Anna Bean.

These two images have been much commented on by attendees of our exhibition:

Thinking about the image of the lady with her head in the clouds is particularly powerful for me. I think it shows the indiscriminate nature of breathlessness by having the face of the person covered with the cloud. Not putting a face shows it can affect anyone.

I think that the lady being so tall in comparison to the rest of the world around her represents the personal scale of the problem that people with breathlessness face.

The person depicted in the image may feel lonely and isolated from the rest of the world as they are the only one in the image.

My world may be getting smaller but this picture is positive and helps me realise that I still have something to add!

Here’s what some attendees of our exhibition said about the artwork.

I have learnt that art and sound can help not only to raise awareness but also to help people relax and look at things with a different perspective.

I feel inspired to try and express myself creatively after seeing the wonderful ways the artists have expressed breathlessness.

One thing I might do is look again at art as a way to communicate health experiences.

How does the artwork in these images make you feel? Please do leave a comment below.

2 thoughts on “Arts and Health”

  1. I have always thought the lady with her head in the clouds is very expressive about how you feel when suffering from breathlessness. It is an invisible illness and hiding in the clouds makes you look invisible, very clever whoever did that artwork.

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