"Healing Hands" by Vy Tran
Vy Tran graduated from Human Biology with Honors and is now a finishing her coterminal M.S. in Community Health and Prevention Research at Stanford School of Medicine.
From the artist
I fell in love with painting when I tried oil painting for the first time at Stanford as a sophomore. Though I've yearned for an opportunity like this when I was younger, my family did not have the resources to support my artistic interest. I am grateful to be able to explore it on my own at Stanford. Being able to pick up the brush and paint has instilled in me a newfound confidence to try other new things in my life as well. As an artist, I enjoy life-long learning and approaching the canvas--and my own life--from new angles.
About the painting
Hospital and hospitality share the same root origin that means home, yet the former often feels alienating rather than welcoming. Healing Hands is a 3 x 4 ft. painting inspired by my volunteering experience at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Emergency Department. I wanted to reimagine a space often associated with illness and dreariness into a space symbolic of human hope and resilience. This work, among four others that I also painted, is now on permanent display at the hospital's Emergency Department and its waiting room. By adding colors and life to the hospital experience, I hope to foster an environment that is warm, calming, and conducive to healing.
“The Reflection” Photography taken by Soraya Fereydooni
“This is the moment of reflection as you’re preparing for the feat. There is a reason why there aren’t many chit chatter. As the commander of the ship, you are orchestrating and preparing for what is going to happen.” -Dr. Gerald Grant, MD