Photo courtesy of Baylor Scott & White Health
Area artists bring heart patient stories to life at Baylor
by Allison Hatfield | January 27, 2020
Inspired by patient stories, Baylor Scott & White Health challenged nine local artists to create works of art that convey messages of healing and recovery. Each artist met a heart patient muse, learned his or her story, and went to work creating something unique. The result is Works of Heart, a collection of painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture that educates and inspires.
Artist Jon Flaming was paired with Tim Gallagher, who suffered a massive heart attack and was saved by an organ transplant. Gallagher’s story inspired Flaming’s painting “A Grateful Heart,” which depicts an angel handing a man a heart.
Sibyl Sifflet was Brent McMahan’s heart transplant inspiration. Sifflet battled kidney and heart disease before receiving two donor organs. McMahan crafted a mixed-media sculpture called “Supported” that displays a heart on a wooden post, a blue metal scaffolding rising up around it. The post represents the patient; the scaffolding represents the Baylor team who continues to care for Sifflet.
To create “Precision,” an illustration of 16 hearts, Raynor Bearden used a cross-hatching technique that mimics the marks of treatment for atrial fibrillation, a serious heart condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. Elizabeth Turner discovered her illness with her smartwatch. The 16 hearts mirror the number of app icons on Elizabeth’s smartwatch and represent the uniqueness of every Baylor patient.
Despite having no symptoms of heart disease, Bob Torti decided to get a CT scan of his heart. The test revealed an aortic aneurysm, a serious heart condition that can be fatal if it ruptures. Baylor physicians repaired Torti’s aneurysm and set him up with a cardiac rehab plan. Inspired by Torti’s determination to regain his health, artist Gil Bruvil created “Continuum,” a pixelated sculpture of wood that represents growth and rejuvenation.
“The practice of medicine is both a science and an art,” says Dr. Kevin Wheelan, a cardiologist at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas. And what better way to demonstrate that intersection than Works of Heart?
See all the commissioned works and learn more about the patients and artists at bswhealth.com.
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