Hanging On by a Thread
- Glass-cast piece of fallen tree held together by fallen pieces of the tree in front of New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital
- 3" x 26" x 11"
"This work is made of glass cast fallen trees held together by fallen pieces of the tree in front of New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital. This work was made for a project entitled ‘The Breathing Project’ that I curated for Cities of Peace, a global peacebuilding initiative that uses artwork as an agent for change.
‘The Breathing Project’ honors healthcare and essential workers who have risked their lives to help others. This work was made to honor an essential worker who worked at New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital.
It is coupled with her story. [below]"
- Lara Saget
"When I think about my personal experience over the past year, it’s difficult to put into words because I have yet to acknowledge what actually happened or my own feelings. A huge part of this is because there is an unspoken rule in medicine that health care providers are above emotion, above suffering, above pain — that is until a global pandemic challenges you in ways you never thought possible. When I became a physician assistant 8 years ago, I pledged to hold as my primary responsibility the health, safety, welfare and dignity of all human beings. Although, when I took this pledge, I was ill prepared to deal with the pain of my patients suffering from COVID-19 or the heartbreak of patients' families who couldn’t visit their loved ones at the end of life.
No one taught me how to be a health care provider while also fearing for my own wellbeing, and no one prepared me to make difficult ethical decisions on a daily basis. Instead of becoming overwhelmed by these emotions, I chose to bury these feelings like so many other healthcare and frontline workers did in order to provide the best patient care possible. Reflecting back on this time, it’s difficult to think about anything other than the suffering so many people experienced, including myself, but I hope I was able to provide some support and comfort to my patients and their families. I am proud of the NYC healthcare community, and I feel fortunate and blessed that I am part of it."
- Rachel Aubuchon, PA-C
Internal Medicine, New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital
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Lara Saget lives and works in New York, NY. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and her MFA in Fine Arts from New York University. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad in varied spaces including Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington; Art Ichol, Maihar, India; Fortnight Institute, New York, NY; 80 Washington Square East Gallery, New York, NY; Studio 106, Los Angeles, CA; Wells Studio, Paris, France; Peninsula Art Space, Brooklyn, NY; Art Helix, Brooklyn, NY, and more. Residencies include Yucca Valley Material Lab, Yucca Valley, CA; Iris Projects, Venice, CA; Art Ichol Bronze Casting and Stone Carving Residency, Maihar, India; and CCA with Grzegorz Kowalski and Artur Żmijewski, Warsaw, Poland. She has received grants and awards including the 2017 New York University MFA Artistic Practice Award, the 2016 Steinhardt Scholarship Award, the 2017/18 Urban Glass Scholarship Award, and the Tg: Transitions in Kiln-Glass Emerging Artist Award.
Public projects include Art Ichol, Maihar, India; Native Woodland Garden Public Art Project, Schwartz Plaza, Washington Square Park, New York, NY; Collaborative Concepts, Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY; Collaborative Concepts, Tilly Foster Farm, Putnam County, NY, and Art in the Parks, NYC Parks, Clumber Corner, Brooklyn, NY.