Of all the work I have shown during my time at UCLA I have one favorite piece. A piece by artist Dominic Quagliozzi.
Dominic has cystic fibrosis which required him to have multiple hospital stays each year for maintenance on his lungs. He used his down time to make art about his in-room hospital experiences. One of his series involved small mixed-media pieces focusing on the boring and always present objects found in every hospital room. The fabric that divide the room and offers no real privacy, a sharps container, and this one of a water pitcher with flowers in it.
The work I show in the gallery needs to tell of the patient experience and I love the story this piece tells.
One of the unexpected “problems" with being in the hospital is that people bring you flowers. Lots of flowers. It is truly a nice thought by the giver, but hospitals make no accommodation for these gifts. Without exception your flowers land up in your water pitcher, leaving you with no water to drink, and flowers that lean over since the pitcher is not tall enough to hold them upright. It is a common experience for anyone who has spent time in a hospital. To me, this piece shows the compassion of friends, the silliness of a situation where the expected is not planned for, along with the isolation of being suck in a room where outside beauty is delivered with no hope of survival. It is happy and sad all at once.