Nature’s Reflection

May – June 2016

Nature’s Reflection was a series of photographs by Kate Quinn that are a metaphor of her dialysis journey. They were created through art sessions in the Dialysis Unit of University Hospital Waterford and were on view in the hospital from 12 May – 24 June 2016.

WHAT has been running an arts programme in the dialysis unit of UHW since 2007. Artists Philip Cullen and Boyer Phelan work in the unit on a weekly basis engaging patients in art making. The programme is funded by the Punchestown Kidney Research Association and supported by the staff members on the unit who are keen to provide positive, creative and diversional activities to their patients. In 2015, artist Philip Cullen was introduced to Kate Quinn. Kate told Philip about her love for photography and so he encouraged her to document her story.

Kate Quinn’s art work is inspired by nature. Through her photographs she uses nature as a metaphor to express her emotional journey through dialysis. Most of Kate’s life has been spent in hospitals which has given her the time to explore photography, her first love, and also poetry. According to Kate, “The twist of nature is amazing as it can express my story but it can also tell a thousand others.”

Listen to Kate tell her story here