Current Location:
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences -> 1st Floor (CHS)
Location Notes:
CHS; 1st fl., Central Hall, right of rm. 117

Tools of Healing

Sharon Sandberg
GVSU Collection
Oil on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 38 in Width: 48 in
Still life with various medical items on a table with a white tablecloth. Model heart, IV bag, stethoscope.
Historical Context:
Many of Grand Rapids based artist Sharon Sandberg’s paintings bring back the tradition of painting still-life images. A still-life, derived from the Dutch word stilleven, is a painting that features an arrangement of inanimate objects as its subject. While the genre has been painted for centuries, during the Renaissance, still-lives became more than paintings of everyday objects, but an image full of iconography. On this tradition in her paintings Sandberg reflects, "For me, still life is a marriage of metaphor, arrangement and observation. Factors of choice, such as placement, point of view and lighting seem to 'plasticize' this particular genre allowing the painter an enormous amount of freedom for abstract manipulation. In my paintings I strive for serene and lucid solutions to arrangement and color..."

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