Gifts from Our Homeland
Commission work for the Health Education Center, KU School of Medicine, and School of Nursing, Salina, KS
“Gifts from Our Homeland” was inspired by the selfless hard work of medical professionals and the unique mission of KU School of Medicine and School of Nursing in Salina, KS. This piece has several layers of meaning; it sends a message of hope and appreciation while also signifying the importance of relationships and the home.
The circular element in each shadowbox indicates a breath, a sign of hope for the patients. The alternation in size from left to right or from right to left represents the movement of breathing. The material of gauze reminds us of the medical workers’ gentle touch and determination to care for wounded people. Each circle also connotes a flower bouquet to send appreciation to the medical professionals. The background represents the Kansas landscape with gold-colored open fields. The material of thread signifies the relationship with the people of Kansas and our homeland. Adding fiber optic cable lights not only enhances the meanings of the piece but also represents the importance of communication in medical practice, including telemedicine.
The fiber optic cables can be lit up by downloading the app; the lights can change color and can create movement in the piece. After your use, please turn off the light and close the app by swiping up.