The Quiet Heart

September – November 2012

The Quiet Heart, an exhibition of artworks by Martin Fahy, Artist in Residence with WHAT, on display in University Hospital Waterford and the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health, was launched on 13 September 2012 by writer Grace Wells.

Martin Fahy is from Waterford City. He is a freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator who graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with a BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communication) in 2011. This was his first solo exhibition.

During his time as Artist in Residence, Martin explored ideas relating to the heart by inviting patients and staff members in the coronary care, cardiac rehab and renal dialysis units of the hospital to share with him something they had learnt by heart.

In the words of Martin Fahy, ‘The heart is something that fascinates me. On the one hand, it is a pump that moves blood around the body and on the other it is the emotional centre of our lives, a place where we store our most cherished thoughts and memories. The latter is long thought to be a poetic idea but new research is emerging to support it.’

Speaking at the launch Grace Wells said, ‘The science of the heart may be about cells, tissue and valves, and science may argue it is the brain that holds all memory, but it is the heart that stores and keeps the really vital matter of life. So it’s very rewarding to come here and have the collective heart examined, to have the personal heart opened and to see this marvellous organ considered anew through the inspired and quiet heart of Martin Fahy.’