An Event to Raise Funds to Support the Weill Cornell Community Clinic
Artist: Pat Badt
"The works I am submitting are paintings on book covers and book bodies, a kind of altered book. Books tell stories. A book cover protects and hides what is inside. The book once opened is there to be discovered. In these paintings the inside/content remains hidden and it is only the outside/cover that is read and seen. By working on the real book structure the painting becomes both a cover and an object. The paintings are seen and read at the same time.
My work finds moments that I lock as memory. Noticing color and texture is an activity worth paying attention to. The specific works that I am submitting skirt experiences that stitch together to create the moments in a longer story. I work against treaded string armatures to paint scrims of color, layer by layer. Separate memories caught in this net become the narrative of life."
Artist: Fran Dropkin
"My paintings are about light, color and space. My beach paintings are all from my childhood memories of light, color and my imagination. I use the beach as a stage where I move the figures and objects around.
I begin my paintings on a field of colorful abstract shapes. I rarely work on a white canvas. I start drawing into the shapes with just a vague image of something. It could be a certain group of figures, the tilt, color or strong sunlight on an umbrella or the gesture or position of a single figure. I don’t think about it too much. I like to just let it happen, reveal itself. I let the canvas talk back to me.
The beach has been a reoccurring theme in my work. For me, the beach represents peace and serenity, my personal safety net. I hope my paintings convey the same feeling of calm and serenity to all those who view it."
Artist: Jeff Fisher
"For varying reasons more of us everyday seem to be risking our physical well being through the lack of health care. Whether we’re laid off through attrition, or our companies can’t afford our insurance, or we can’t, it’s a dangerous and precarious position to be found in.
This image is meant to illustrate just that idea. Hanging on by a thread, and without a net, Those who no longer are insured are dangling over the precipice each moment fraught with danger, knowing that at any time the thin line of hope and health may be worn away and allowed to break. Sending us careening downward to an uncertain fate. Even the Hippocratic oath is of no avail. It seems to be chipped away and eroded by constantly changing rules and regulations. This is an issue that transcends economic status and affects us all."
Artist: William Jacobs
"I have always been interested in what came before me, and what remnants of that past remain. I began this current body of work by making collages of ruined structures. Unexpectedly, forms from the collages began turning up in small doodles. These tiny, quick, sketches became the source material for oil paintings. During this translation, I expanded, altered, and reorganized the ruins’ components into peculiar and new structures.
Rather than just describing architectural form, I became interested in how the application of the paint itself could act as architecture. Each stroke and color was a different plane, combining to create a stacked structure. This stacking occurred vertically, to create the pictoral image, but also out from the surface of the canvas to reference the painting’s own abstraction. My interest in the ruins began with a feeling of existential dread, but has evolved into an anti-nostalgia, where once-sacred forms are now just building blocks for me."
Artist: Lisa Mackie
"My work is a compilation of picture fragments that I have photographed, drawn, written about and remembered. The images deal with a delicate balance between cognition and process. The source of each large 'circle' of work has been initiated as an investigation of a photographic sequence. Initially, "the sequence" is explored in the form of several related unique books that are both visual and written. Paintings, paper, pieces, text, computer generated images, and sculptures develop from the process of tracing and editing all the materials. Through my own explanation, I again uncover more visuals and text."
The word 'michi' is Japanese for pathway, usually in a garden or small-unpaved sidewalk. It can also refer to a path of thought, a way, or direction. I see that the "Ladies" in dresses from the "Continuous Incident Series" are both Falling and Rising, Standing and Sitting, some Sleeping they could be falling from a net. They personify our emotions spirits held together (by some mysterious confinement) let loose now landing out of the net."
Artist: Jill Odegaard
"This series of work explores the tactile and ambient nature of design through the use of pulp painting on handmade paper. My process is to create structure while de-constructing and bringing order to the accumulation of marks. Influential sources that inform this work reckon back to the principles and elements of design. The focus of this work is to explore contemporary interpretations of the grid and the use of repeated pattern and shape.
Specifically in relationship to the 'Net' exhibition I bring forth these images in reference to a network as one image relates to another through the shared visual vocabulary, color and form. Consistency throughout the images brings closure to the series. Individually they stand as a dynamic interplay of shapes, colors and internal tensions."
Artist: Carol Peligian
"I could tell you exactly how I hold my pencil, what materials I use, or about any physical and chemical processes which generate the objects that leave my studio, but it’s a mystery to me because all things keep their secrets."
Artist: Lynn Saville
"My husband and I were on a trip to Venice, and I was going out each evening in search of pictures. This particular evening I was headed toward the Rialto Bridge. As I walked along the embankment, I saw the shadowy figures of people who had just disembarked from the Vaporetto. Then I climbed the steps to the bridge, which has shops on it like those I had seen in the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, many years before. Most of the shopkeepers had gone home, so there were few distracting lights from the shop windows. Looking up I saw the light from a street lamp interacting with an awning and strings of small holiday lights."
I was intrigued by way in which the awning reflected the light, making it seem as if the brightness had been captured in a net. What also attracted me in the moment was the way the strings of holiday lights and awning took on an airy buoyancy, emphasized by the silhouetted building across the river."
Artist: Herb Reichert
"Mystery is the storage room of truth.
Baby Boy Jackson One
Every time I told my old man I got arrested. 'Dad, you gotta go to jail.'
He’d say, 'Are you kidding me? For cripe’s sake!'
Every time me and Marko snuck out in the middle of the night his dad would show up. We’d be sitting in the Diner with a couple of the Sparks girls – all of us wearing black leather cabrettas. His name was Alfred. He had really thick lips. He’d come trudging in wearing a dirty wool eastern-block overcoat, and a fat one-inch long stogie with a three-inch ash. We always looked the other way so he couldn’t see us. But, he’d get to our booth and reach in with two hands grabbing us both by the ear. While Alfred was pulling us out and the girls were laughing, he’d say in an extreme loud voice, 'You fools! You think you are fooling me?'
After that I can remember no sounds.
'And she herself was riding with us. And, she said, what are these words you exchange? And why are you sad?'"
Artist: Ellen Stavitsky
"My mixed media panels evoke the fleeting yet lively quality of thoughts. The subtle lines and muted shapes suggest ephemeral images that dart through the brain. The carefully balanced compositions impose a sense of order on the random nature of thought. Each piece is a repository of meaning, the residue of memoirs and ideas from my life.
'Net' suggests a configuration of lines with space in between them. The space is usually regular and enclosed by the lines of the net. I composed these pieces so that the line hold together irregular areas of colors, forming a unique pattern as the viewer’s eye moves across the surface of the work. The net allows for endless variation of the line and color within the boundaries of the panel."
Artist: Robin Tewes
"I paint intimately scaled detailed interiors, which at first glance appear ordinary but at closer look, nothing is really what it seems. Repeated images such as brick walls, plants, crumbled paper, windows and sky reflect the surreal subtleties that lurk in the mundane and peripheral experience of contemporary life. My paintings are involved with expressing the paradoxical truths. These short stories have psychological theory and the characters in my paintings are usually people I know. I’m interested in how a narrative moment can tell us about ourselves and our culture. The vacancy that surrounds the people and objects within the environment takes on an aspect of the subconscious. The images and words etched into the walls can be after thought projections of someone who was in or about to appear in a room. It can have a contrasting quality to the environment, yet are integrated into the space as they are into human consciousness. Although some images are not literally about the medical community, the idea that there is fragility to being human, living our lives in these times, with a need for a security or a “net” has always been a deep-rooted theme in my work."
Artist: William Thiefelder
"OPUS 33 is a collage constructed from strips of drawing, watercolor, and vellum papers. colored with metallic pens, colored pencils, crayons, and markers.
When one lives without a net, the slightest glance from another person can be truly significant. Is it a glance of scorn? Of hope? Of encouragement? In OPUS 33, the “meaning” of the glance is in the eye of the viewer. The purple and the green eyes as well as the blue nose (which might also be a third eye) are constructed out of net-like patterns. What kind of net does the viewer perceive? A dangerous net--or a safety net? Unfortunately for many people living without medical insurance or access to decent medical care, “the net” is often fraught with danger."
The WCCC is a student-run clinic based at Weill Cornell Medical College that provides high-quality, accessible and coordinated medical, psychiatric and women’s services to uninsured adults throughout New York City. Our goal is to extend healthcare access to underserved populations, while also encouraging the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy among our students, faculty, and staff.
We provide our patients with preventive care, age-appropriate screening, and referrals to specialty and mental health services. All of these are provided at low or no cost to our patients, who make less than 400% of the federal poverty limit. We also provide insurance and social work screening to ensure that all patient needs are met.
We currently hold our medicine clinic once a week and psychiatry and women’s health clinics every 3 to 4 weeks. Last year we had approximately 400 patient visits to the WCCC. In the coming year, we hope both to increase the number of patients we serve and to continue expanding the number of services we can provide to our patients. In order to meet these goals, however, we must raise more funds.
Our annual operating costs are approximately $250,000. While most of these are covered by in-kind donations – time donated by our wonderful physician volunteers, clinic space loaned to us by Cornell Internal Medicine Associates, and negotiated rates for in-network referrals – our effective annual operating costs are upwards of $50,000.
In 2013, we hope to reach more patients by doubling the number of clinic nights offered each year. In order to achieve this goal, we need your help and support. We hope that, like us, you believe that all people deserve access to healthcare, that a person’s income should not determine the quality of their health, and that no one should have to wait to go to the doctor because they are unable to pay.
We thank Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen, Elissa Iberti, Deanna Breglia, Clara Cullen and members of the WCCC Event Board, whose outstanding generosity helped initiate and organize a successful "Without a Safety Net" fundraiser.
Event Board: Baxter Allen, Coille Van Alphen, Suzanne Brancaccio, Panda Ebling, Durham Finney, Tyler Gottlieb, Piero S. Iberti, Genevieve Kinney, Phil Lang, Hannah Layden, Sarah Layden, Garrett McIntyre, Gregory Ruben, Jessica Rubin, Erica Suk