WHAT (the Waterford Healing Arts Trust) is delighted to welcome Marie-Jeanne Jacob to University Hospital Waterford as the 2015 Artist in Residence.
Marie-Jeanne Jacob is an artist who works a lot with comics. She has studied art in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico, and recently completed a research masters in Art and Education at Concordia University, Montreal, which culminated in an illustrated thesis focused particularly on comic books as an educative medium, and mental health. She has had installations in various Festivals (Ireland and Montreal), coordinated children’s festivals (Montreal), and exhibited in group and solo exhibitions. She has worked on murals abroad in Lima, Peru, has had an art piece published in the Artistic Atlas of Galway, and has presented her work with comics and mental health at the Graphic Medicine Conference in Brighton and Sussex medical school, and John Hopkins medical campus.
During her forthcoming residency Marie-Jeanne will engage the patient population at University Hospital Waterford in a project entitled, The Little Things. The project revolves around positive mental health and she will invite patients, in any ward, to make short comic strips examining the little things that bring people joy, and brighten their day. According to Marie-Jeanne, “After all, you don’t need to be an artist or a writer to make comics – you just need to have a story… And we all have stories.”
For further information or to organise an interview with Marie-Jeanne, phone Claire Meaney at 051 842664 or email claireA.firstname.lastname@example.org. Marie-Jeanne will be Artist in Residence until the end of October 2015.