Star of Life
Print Method: Giclée
Released: April 2020
Star of Life
In hard times, we look for help. It is during these difficult days that amazing people step to the fore to provide that assistance. In recent weeks, while secluded in my home, I’ve heard many tales of individuals going above and beyond to treat and care for people who are suffering. The reality is that, while these are particularly trying times, these extraordinarily dedicated and caring individuals feel that this is simply “what they do”. For all the early medical responders out there who treat and transport the sick and injured to hospital care...this is for you.
For cultures throughout the world, the serpent appears time and time again in ancient art. It is a symbol of transformation, rebirth and change. It represents healing and renewal of life.
In ancient Greek culture, Asclepius was the son of Apollo and was the god associated with healing and medicine. In one legend, a snake came to Asclepius and licked his ear, transferring the secret knowledge of healing to him. With this power, Asclepius was able bring patients back from the brink of death. He was so successful in his healing endeavours that Zeus ended up killing Asclepius to keep the balance of the human population in check.
Since Greek times, the Rod of Asclepius with a single serpent coiled around it has been used to represent medicine, healing and healthcare. In the 1960s, the rod of Asclepius was added to a blue six-branched star to be used as an emergency medical symbol. The six branches represent: detection, reporting, response, on scene care, care in transit and transfer to definitive care. This is the Star of Life.
In support and solidarity for healthcare workers and recognizing that my grandmother was herself a nurse in the remote village of Bella Bella during the tail end of the Spanish Influenza pandemic, $30 from each print will be donated to a scholarship fund for Indigenous students pursuing careers in the healthcare field. The money will be donated to Indspire, a Canada-wide scholarship organization, who will administer these funds to students.