The Solace of Art
In the latest post from The Solace Initiative, The Big Idea's Digital Artist in Residence Clare O'Leary talks to artist and nurse Naomi Clements while she works on a painting inspired by the last few months of her mothers life.
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Naomi Clements is an artist and a registered nurse at Mary Potter Hospice.
When Clare invited her to the The Solace Initiative workshop with seven hospice and health workers and seven creative practitioners, she felt it was an opportunity to bring those two worlds together.
Naomi grew up in Thames and attended Elam Art School in Auckland. She was a practising artist for 10 years before she decided to do nursing. During that time her mother became terminally ill and died.
She talks with Clare about this time in her life. For The Solace Initiative she will be completing a painting inspired by the last few months of her mothers life, which has sat in her studio incomplete since that time.
The Solace Initiative has allowed her to revisit the emotions and feelings of that time and begin work on the completion of the painting.
- It is New Zealand Loss and Grief Awareness Week from 27 July - 2 August 2015