January – February 2014

dreamMirror was an exhibition of artworks by Jeffrey Gormly, Artist in Residence with WHAT, that went on display in the outpatients corridor of University Hospital Waterford (UHW).

Jeffrey is a writer and producer who uses music, theatre, choreography and ideas from science fiction to develop easygoing, supportive spaces for creative development.

During his six month residency with WHAT, Jeffrey reflected on flow patterns in water, the circulation of blood through the heart and the flow of patients, visitors and staff through the hospital as a metaphor for creative processes. He also spent time in the main hospital concourse and in wards and waiting areas creating free flowing chalk drawings on blackboards and talking with staff and patients.

In Jeffrey’s own words: ‘My time spent in the hospital triggered an idea to make available some king of creative activity that does not require supervision or facilitation, is accessible 24/7, and is easy to interact with. As a result, I have installed a large-scale blackboard on a trial basis in the day room of the Department of Psychiatry which I am calling a ‘dreamMirror’. It serves as a surface for free expression. People are invited to make their marks with chalk as they see fit’.

A number of dreamMirrors were also installed in non-clinical spaces throughout the hospital. The exhibition, which came at the culmination of his residency, was a record of the process that developed during his time as artist in residence at UHW.