What's so great about art? Do you remember the last really incredible conversation you had with a loved one? Have you ever had a similar experience with a complete stranger? Very little can rival the power of that intrinsically human connection. It's one of life's greatest joys. As a doctor, people come into my life as patients and, by the nature of our encounter, into a more vulnerable space. Opening up one’s self in that space facilitates wonderful human connections that enrich both people’s lives. Art is amazing because it can stimulate the same connection simply through an inanimate object in front of a solitary person. That a work painted hundreds of years ago can prompt the same kind of fantastic connection as a conversation with someone today proves the power of art. Whether you love it or hate it, the work connects you to the artist, and you can experience that human connectedness without words and without being in one another's presence. That's phenomenal! Someone you have never met, from maybe thousands of miles away, dead or alive, created a piece that makes you laugh, cry, or experience a myriad of other emotions. Naturally, not every piece of art does this, but neither does every conversation. So then, “What’s so great about art?” … Its potential.
Biography: I was an art history major as an undergraduate. Studying the history of art at Yale made me desire art in my every day life. Taking conservation classes at University College London during my junior year and working with Rusty in Miami cemented the connection I feel with art and made it intoxicating. Still, it has always been creating my own work that has made art undeniably joyous. Now that I am a resident physician, devoting vast amounts of time and energy to my professional responsibilities, I struggle to keep my relationship with art alive. The struggle is for time as the connection does not wane. Art is my compass and without it I feel lost.
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