|"More than 200 people have Walking Gallery jackets that tell the story of their experiences with health and the medical system."|
Wearers include doctors, health policy types and regular folks. Their jackets tell the stories not just of their work life, but of their personal experiences with health care. 'It's your own story,' Holliday says. 'And it's your own jacket.'
'I wear my jacket proudly,' says , a cardiologist and professor at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. 'It gets people talking about what we can do to get patients taking charge.' His jacket shows him standing inside a person's chest cavity while holding a smartphone. He says it captures his passion for letting people use their own medical data.
Holliday first applied art to the iniquities of the health care system after her husband Fred died of kidney cancer at age 39. Infuriated by how Fred had been made wretched by inadequate and uncoordinated care in 2009, she painted a huge mural about his death on the wall of a gas station near her home in Washington, D.C. NPR's Joe Shapiro of that mural, 73 cents.
As a widow with two young boys, Holliday could have stopped there. Instead, she has become a patient advocate, speaking to medical groups and painting at medical meetings. The idea of painting on the back of business suits came to her as a way to bring the subversiveness of art to the corporate suite."
More painted jackets for the "Walking Gallery" project here. Stunning!
The Walking Gallery of Healthcare from Eidolon Films on Vimeo.
==> Regina Holliday's Medical Advocacy Blog
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