Art of heal­ing by med­i­cal stu­dents

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THE an­nual in­ter­var­sity In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity (IMU) Art Com­pe­ti­tion saw med­i­cal stu­dents from 11 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties paint­ing the cam­pus bright with their en­tries.

With the theme “De­ter­mi­na­tion”, the com­pe­ti­tion saw 19 art­works com­pet­ing for 2016’s top honours.

In the end, it was Sim Li Mei from Tay­lor’s Univer­sity who clinched the grand prize of RM3,000 with her work en­ti­tled “Willpower”. The paint­ing de­picted a hu­man tower built upon fam­ily sup­port, fol­lowed by nurses, doc­tors and sur­geons in pro­vid­ing hope to heal the pa­tient.

“Art teaches me to see things in a wider scope and be more con­scious with my sur­round­ings. The com­pe­ti­tion has chal­lenged us to use art to ex­press our thoughts and feel­ings on the given theme and taught us to look at heal­ing and health from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive,” said Sim.

A spe­cial prize was pre­sented to Michele Fer­nan­dez Joseph Hath from IMU for “The Sculptor”, which por­trayed that “im­pos­si­ble is noth­ing”, as long as we are de­ter­mined to bring forth waves of change es­pe­cially for the bet­ter­ment of our health.

Ghav­inassh Kan­abathy from Per­dana Univer­sity also took home a spe­cial prize for her piece called “Epit­ome of De­ter­mi­na­tion”, de­pict­ing a colony of ants lift­ing the stetho­scope that rep­re­sents the de­ter­mi­na­tion and pas­sion of all health­care pro­fes­sion­als to­wards up­hold­ing the qual­ity of the ever-evolv­ing health­care sys­tem. A third re­cip­i­ent of the spe­cial prize was Tung Yu Zhen from Univer­sity of Malaya, for her piece en­ti­tled “I might limp, but never Wimp”, por­tray­ing that true lim­i­ta­tions come not from an ill body but a chained mind.

The en­tries were judged by Har­ris Rashid and Dr Caryn Koh, two young es­tab­lished Malaysian artists. Har­ris Rashid was in­volved in group and solo ex­hi­bi­tions such as Beauty in the Beast, HUMANIMAL, VICE VERSA and many more.

Dr Caryn Koh, an IMU alumnus, is no­tably recog­nised for her #seko­lah­series il­lus­tra­tions and was short­listed for “Your Art, Your Story” Nando’s Art Ini­tia­tive 2016 and won the sec­ond place in Print­mak­ing Cat­e­gory, Tan­jong Her­itage Com­pe­ti­tion 2016.

“It is im­por­tant to en­cour­age the arts as it’s a form of ex­pres­sion and a means of un­lock­ing our own po­ten­tial. It also helps with be­ing able to think out­side the box when faced with chal­lenges in our stud­ies or work­place,” said Dr Koh.

“The art com­pe­ti­tion en­cour­ages young Malaysians to vi­su­alise their per­spec­tive of health. The ex­pres­sion of this year’s theme ‘De­ter­mi­na­tion’ re­veals in­sight­ful views and per­spec­tives for us to con­tem­plate upon, es­pe­cially as we train and groom fu­ture health­care pro­fes­sion­als,” said IMU Fes­ti­val of the Arts project leader Sheba D. Mani.

Or­gan­ised by the IMU Fes­ti­vals of the Arts un­der the lead­er­ship of the Depart­ment of Lan­guage, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Cul­ture, this year’s en­tries came from I.M Sechenov Moscow Med­i­cal Academy, IPG Kam­pus Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim, KDU Univer­sity Col­lege Pe­nang, Mul­ti­me­dia Univer­sity Malaysia (Cyberjaya), Per­dana Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons in Ire­land, Per­dana Univer­sity, Tay­lor’s Univer­sity, Univer­siti Te­knologi MARA (UiTM), Univer­sity of Malaya, UNIKL Royal Col­lege of Medicine Perak (RCMP) and IMU.

Win­ner Sim Li Mei with her piece en­ti­tled “Willpower”.

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