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Art brings comfort and connections to hospital patients

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A local artist’s creations offer comfort and connection to hospital patient’s both in La Crosse and other cities. Eva Marie Restel spoke to the hospice team from Gundersen Health Systems on the topic of art and it’s positive connection to hospital patients.

She cited the studies of Dr. Roger Ulrich, his work showing how art has positive impacts on hospital patients. Specifically, the benefits coming from art depicting calm water or nature as well as some animals. For Restel, her ceramic art took shape with a rose.

“My mom is an expert rose gardener, so she has hundreds of roses,” Restel said. “One morning I realized that roses are so much like people, and it was shortly afterward the idea popped in my mind.”

Restel’s creations include the “Rose Sisters” installation at the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care. Each human figure, with the head of a rose, acknowledges different emotions while offering comfort and peace.

“I grew up in a house of all doctors, my dad is a doctor, my sisters are all doctors, they’re married to doctors,” Restel said. “Healthcare was always really important, so it allowed me to take my ceramics and give it importance, what I wanted to give it.”

In addition to the “Rose Sisters” at Gundersen Health Systems, Restel’s art can also be seen at the Wake Forest Cancer Center in addition to a hospital in Louisiana.


Roger Staffaroni

Assignment Editor

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