Infinite Hope greets patients at St. Joseph’s clinic
Laura Bromwich is a clinical art therapist who works in the mood disorders clinic at St Joseph’s West 5th campus.
For the past year, she and clinic nurse Sharon Berry have worked alongside a select group of patients in the Mood Disorders Art Therapy Program to create a beautiful and tangible piece of therapeutic art.
“Infinite Hope” was unveiled May 4 in the hospital’s Mood Disorders Outpatient Clinic waiting area. There, the large mural greets patients as they wait for treatment.
The painting was created in the form of a mandala, a Hindu or Buddhist spiritual symbol representing unity and wholeness in the universe.
The artists — Judy Vair, April Mansilla and Tonya Bourque — use nature as a metaphor for the seasons of change in mind, body and spirit as each individually works through her own unique journey. Geese, snowflakes, inukshuks, flowers, leaves, butterflies and birds surround the central Trinity Knot representing the connection of mind, body and spirit.
Patients are invited read an explanatory pamphlet to use as a guide to explore the deeply layered mural. They are also encouraged to make their own connections.
Art therapist Laura Bromwich, far left, works with artist Judy Vair. Above, the artists, and Bromwich with the newly unveiled “Infinite Hope,” work at St. Joseph’s West 5th Campus on Hamilton Mountain.