A community-based art project that seeks to connect communities through pulling up a chair and sharing stories of positivity about Strong Women of Toledo.
Yuku's narrative painted the nursing profession (and her sister in particular) as heroic, which I have echoed in the stance and lighting of the foreground figure. The strong, tireless, and compassionate caregiver, standing at ready to face the next challenge. The diverse roles to which a nurse (especially an ER nurse) must attend are represented by the background tableau.
There was also an overarching theme of time throughout Yuku's narrative. From the time invested to earn one's nursing degree (seven years of study plus a minimum two year internship), to the time spent in continued education to stay at the top of one's field, to the time factor in providing excellent patient care. I connected these elements by merging the clock, EKG line and colored bars (pink for the years of study and orange for the internship). The Mandarin pictogram for nurse (hushi) was also included to further link the illustration to Yuku's sister.
- Robert Williams, Artist