Dr HAZEL MARY COPE
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Dr HAZEL MARY COPE  

 

The nursing profession can be characterised as a unique blend of attributes and philosophies that encompass scientific knowledge and artistic process. The interpersonal experience of caring in nursing is associated with a positivist sense of expression, acute observation, and compassion. It shares with artistic experience an intense motivation and analysis that involve the creative engagement of the senses. My doctoral research is informed by my forty-six years of working as a practicing registered nurse, and it takes an interdisciplinary approach between fine arts and nursing science to explore the elusive qualities of the human caring experience. My studio exploration, uses everyday objects from the medical arena, and through the formal strategies of repetition and placing everyday medical items in unfamiliar contexts, subsequently transforms them to evoke a provocative visual experience. These everyday items become a conduit for viewers to experience a new sensation. Functional objects are elevated to the poetic, enabling meanings to emerge that circumvent utilitarian and common associations. This research highlights the impact of advancing technology and increased time pressures on the contemporary context of nursing, and the effect this has in decreasing interpersonal relations between nurse and patient.