03 – 31 – 2017
Los Angeles, CA
Written by Baha Danesh 
Featuring Siobhan Hebron 

On March 21st The Hoyt Gallery, located in the Keith Administration Building at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, proudly presented an artist talk and Q&A with Los Angeles-based artist Siobhan Hebron. The show was curated by Ted Myer who developed the project during his Artist in Resident program at UCLA, and now at USC.

Siobhan Hebron is a multi-disciplinary artist who was diagnosed with a brain tumor during the summer of 2014 and since has created an authentic exhibition based on her own personal experience titled, The Head and the Heart.

When Siobhan was first diagnosed she felt blank and couldn’t comprehend that she was the one with the brain tumor. She felt that her diagnosis and the idea of being in a hospital were a bit bizarre and the only way she was able to grasp the reality of her condition was through art.

Siobhan’s powerful work carries a vital message for healthcare professionals. By exploring her illness through feminist performances and community collaborations, she realized that she had the power to say no to awkward situations and became aware of her role as a female patient in today’s medical world.

Siobhan states:

“Cancer is sometimes romanticized and I want to illustrate the raw moments through my art. I want healthcare professionals to know that all patients are individuals and that using an honest/precise dialogue for each individual is very important.”

Today, her artwork and performances continue to engage in feminist social practice and is currently displayed in an area where USC medical students and other artistic patrons can view through April 10th. The exhibit is a part of the KSOM Humanities, Ethics, Art, and Law Program and their mission is to align the work of patients/artists with the core medical school curriculum, and to foster enhanced understanding between patients and future health care professionals.

Siobhan’s doesn’t call herself a survivor and doesn’t subscribe to blind positivity. She believes that as individuals patients need to be told that it’s okay to be sad and that each patient is more than a list of symptoms. Her goal is to continue the honest dialogue between patients and medical professionals in order to change the socio-cultural perception of health and illness. 

The Head and the Heart exhibit will remain on view through April 10th, located in the basement of the Keith Administration Building at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. For more information regarding Siobhan Hebron visit or visit The Hoyt Gallery located at USC’s Keck Medical School.

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Baha Danesh
Baha Danesh
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with creative energy, love, grace, and gratitude. For Baha Danesh - ART is Happiness.
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