The first visit. I've not been drawing consistently for a few weeks and it's showing. Trying to remember to not put too much pressure on to produce 'good' drawings and, instead, just respond.
Met with Paul, on arrival and sorted visitor pass - simple enough. Had a quick, whirlwind tour of hospital. Seems straight forward and obvious to Paul, who works there, I, on the other hand, was lost and confused within a minute. I guess, if I try, I'll work it out. First thoughts are that the main atrium is very public and could be a bus/train station or airport (at first glance) and the further you dig, the more like a hospital things become. Doors leading to more 'official' and clinical atmospheres. The transition from the public, casual and normal atmosphere in the atrium, to the more serious, quiet and clinical takes place very quickly. People hooked up to machines and conversations of life and death taking place only yards from a Costa coffee and casual chatter.
The doors between these different realms seem significant. Hospital doors seem significant. We don't really know (or want to know) what's on the other side.
After an hour or two of soaking the atmosphere and doing some loose drawing, had a quick meet with Susie. We talked about these 'layers'. Susie mentioned the phrase "the patient journey" which I've heard before and which chimes with chimes with these primary thoughts of the journey into the hospital, from public reception to wards, theatres and all manner of strange of scary spaces.
Given the need for an expedited 'brief', I'm quite taken by this idea of journey / geography of hospital in terms of spaces and atmospheres.
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