2018 AMI Online Salon

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Elizabeth Moss
  • Contributors: Elizabeth Moss  ; Chicago, Illinois
  • Client: The American Journal of Bioethics
  • Copyright: © 2017 Elizabeth Moss
  • Medium / software used: Corel Painter 2017
  • Final presentation format: Print
  • Primary audience: Bioethics community

Project Description

The purpose of this piece was to complement the American Journal of Bioethics Vol. 18 January 2018 issue, which discussed the usage of long-shot, fantasy cures in pediatrics. These are cures that function as a last resort and often have little guarantee of success, which can cause the patient unnecessary suffering. One side of the image illustrates the hopes of these cures, the fantastical dreams that they will work out perfectly and be the magic bullet of a solution. The other side shows the reality, which is a lot of treatment, effort, and suffering for something that has a slim chance of succeeding. The overall image is meant to draw the viewer into this fantasy world and then direct their attention to the darker underlying message. It’s not meant to be a hopeless image, but more of a reminder to always keep an eye on the reality of what these cures actually mean for the patient, especially when concerning children in pediatrics.