After her mother died, Noblesville artist Alys Caviness-Gober felt the need to find an outlet for the anger she felt at her mother being gone.
Caviness-Gober spent a year caring for her mother as her health declined and hadn’t been able to paint much.
“When a parent passes away, you don’t feel like doing a lot of creative things right of way,” she said. “I was mad she was gone and mad about how I felt and it became this very strange, emotional journey toward the end of the year, and I decided I needed to get that out of my system.”
Caviness-Gober painted “Rage (aka Out With The Old)” in December 2017. She said it took on a theme of bringing in the new year. She worked in layers, painting darker colors over bright ones.
She said she liked the way it turned out, and when she came across an online submission for the National Academy of Medicine, she submitted her work. It was selected to be displayed in the permanent online gallery and as a pop-up exhibit in Washington, D.C. May 2.
“The whole idea behind the exhibit is clinician well-being and burn-out and how people in the medical profession deal with that and how patients deal with their medical professionals when those things are happening,” Caviness-Gober said.
Her work will be displayed on a rotating presentation during a conference. Attendees are educated about the paintings. Her painting also will be displayed on the organization’s website, though she is uncertain when it will be published.
For more, visit nam.edu.