Robert Bern, MFA

Santa Fe, NM

As an artist who also works with and in healthcare, I have experienced something fundamental at the nexus of creativity and illness; a conscious engagement with the unknown. It has been a personal reflective practice deepening my understanding of self, but also has allowed for an empathetic connection to those who have collaborated with me while reflecting on their own relationship to illness.  For me, the creative act, lays bare our vulnerability but also elevates that which makes us human.  This engagement has resulted in a collection of drawings and stories that illustrate the tender, ambiguous nature of illness in our culture.