It was interesting to me as the artist to have so many people make conclusions about the intent of my paintings, paintings that I had created without giving any thought to their meaning. The students found depth, anger, duplicitous patters, confusion, breasts, infinity, and much more. Some told short stories of their personal history that made them interpret each painting in one way or the other.
As artist/patient I kept thinking how does this relate to their medical observations? My thought was that each painting, like each patient, needs to be interpreted. When it was my turn to talk I explained my not so well thought out reasoning behind each painting and my belief that the meaning of a painting could be easily altered by changing the title.
This red painting for example might be seen one way of you know I titled it “I Dream of Jeanie” because it looks like the inside of the Jeanie bottle on the old TV show. But, if I said it was titled “Imploding Red Anger”, you might see it differently.
Patients can be like that too. Some have already experienced pain and don’t complain about it as much, but they still have the same amount of pain. Other have no support system, or lots, so they need different levels of attention. Two patients with different past experiences might express their trauma very differently. Just like the two doctors looking at the same painting.