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The Mind’s Face


What if I could see the emotions that flood my patient’s mind? What if I could know how much space anger, frustration, joy, sorrow, hope took up in their mind’s real estate? Would this shed light on their physical symptoms? On their disease process? On their life? If I could see their mind painted on their face, I could know them more. In this acrylic painting, a woman’s profile is made up of different areas of color. This represents how much of her current state of mind is influenced by these emotions: pink for hope, red for anger, blue for sorrow, green for frustration.

Sarah Kurkowski (1 Posts)

Sarah is a third year medical student at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin class of 2023. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in both biochemistry and Spanish language. She enjoys spending time with her husband Ben, creating artwork, and practicing pilates in her free time. After graduating from medical school, Sarah would like to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery.