"Date Night", Drawings from the Dialysis Ward, 2018

Collection of the Artist

Ink on paper, 8.5" x 11" each

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"Date Night 1"

"Date Night 1"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 2"

"Date Night 2"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 3"

"Date Night 3"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 4"

"Date Night 4"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 5"

"Date Night 5"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 6"

"Date Night 6"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 7"

"Date Night 7"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 8"

"Date Night 8"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 9"

"Date Night 9"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 10"

"Date Night 10"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 11"

"Date Night 11"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 12"

"Date Night 12"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 13"

"Date Night 13"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 14"

"Date Night 14"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 15"

"Date Night 15"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 16"

"Date Night 16"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 17"

"Date Night 17"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 18"

"Date Night 18"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 19"

"Date Night 19"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 20"

"Date Night 20"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 21"

"Date Night 21"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 22"

"Date Night 22"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 23"

"Date Night 23"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 24"

"Date Night 24"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 25"

"Date Night 25"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 26"

"Date Night 26"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 27"

"Date Night 27"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 28"

"Date Night 28"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 29"

"Date Night 29"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 30"

"Date Night 30"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 31"

"Date Night 31"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 32"

"Date Night 32"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 33"

"Date Night 33"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 34"

"Date Night 34"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 35"

"Date Night 35"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 36"

"Date Night 36"

Ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Date Night 37"

"Date Night 37"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 38"

"Date Night 38"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 39"

"Date Night 39"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 40"

"Date Night 40"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

"Date Night 41"

"Date Night 41"

Ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.

A growing collection of close to 50 drawings at the time of writing (select samples shown here), this curated series offers insight into the human spirit as displayed by my courageous wife Gayle, who has undergone regular dialysis treatments since February of 2018. Early in this routine we decided to reframe the hospital visits as ‘Date Nights’, and in this way have done our best to stay positive throughout this profound challenge.

 

Illustrating Gayle's time in the dialysis ward has made me uniquely aware of the power of art to inform people's impressions about sickness, suffering and care. When Gayle was first diagnosed with kidney failure almost a year ago, it seemed to me that what was happening to her (us) was so out of the ordinary, and so devastating, it needed to be documented. Since then—close to 100 hospital visits later—I have drawn Gayle in my sketchbook, over and over, from the required confines of an adjacent chair. Some drawings (an intimate view of Gayle's hands, or her shoes) catalogue the details of our time spent together in a straightforward yet poignant way. In contrast, other scenes reveal a specific kind of medical space that offers a very different psychological charge. The emotional acuity of each sketch, and the directness of process—pen to paper—give the drawings presence as windows into our experience with illness and the medical system. The resolve required to draw my partner directly, in indelible ink, in some ways also represents a small echo of the challenge Gayle faces at each treatment.

 

Sharing these drawings weekly with our friends and family has allowed Gayle and I to invite others gratefully into this journey with us. Our online community of support (hashtag #DateNight) is a source of strength and comfort for myself and my wife.

© 2018 by Doug Driediger.