Born and raised in Coronado, local artist Kirstin Green has created and installed dozens of mosaic projects around Coronado, from Spreckels Park to the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. Now, Green will create an 89-square-foot mosaic mural in the healing garden at Sharp Coronado Hospital — using art submitted by members of the community as her inspiration.
“I am excited to embark on this new project and to get input from this great community,” says Green. “The first hour will be spent making a visual art piece to the prompt ‘What does healing look like?’ and the second hour will be spent with each participant telling a short story of healing, of grief and loss, or some other experience they have had that has inspired their artwork.”
Green will use the artworks as an inspirational tool in the mural’s design. No single piece created by the community members will be chosen for the design; rather, the artist will study and group them together in an attempt to understand common imagery, patterns and other design elements that will contribute a healing feeling to the final design.
Green will use arts-based research to create the design, as well as the group design sessions — giving participating patients and community members a voice and ownership in this project. The design will be created in accordance with the aesthetics of the Planetree, person-centered care concept that governs the decor of the entire hospital grounds.
“Kirstin’s work is so well-recognized, admired and enjoyed throughout Coronado,” says Susan Stone, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Sharp Coronado Hospital. “We are excited that she’ll be working on this project for our healing garden, and involving the community in what the final piece will look like.”
Upon completion of the mural in summer 2018, there will be an unveiling celebration at Sharp Coronado Hospital. During this event, the artworks created at the five community art forums will be displayed in a group exhibition titled, “What Does Healing Look Like?” The participants and community at large will have a chance to look at all the works together. Once the event is over, the participating artists will be invited to take their pieces home with them.
Green has worked as a mosaic artist in her hometown of Coronado for nearly two decades. She was born at Coronado Hospital and her mother was head nurse and administrator for the Coronado Hospital emergency room for 46 years. Green is currently enrolled in the Expressive Arts Institute and pursuing a master’s degree in expressive arts therapy.
Update: The mosaic was completed in November 2018.
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