Though the Rose Garden Installation was created primarily out of egg cartons and specifically with older adults, the Advocate Luther General Hospital Day Service was also addressing the idea of memory and growth. Katharine Kiehn worked with this community, building up an installation which symbolizes life beyond the limits of medical labels and social stigmas associated with age-related memory loss. Fashioning flowers as a group allows for these individuals to steer away from feelings of isolation and to gain new skills as they express themselves with the provided media. Through repetition in the art making process, a sense of calm and grounding, as well as self-confidence, can occur.
I am in awe of both the process and product of these installation projects. They speak to the idea that art can be the nourishment which aids us in blooming as singular persons and within the collective.