From Cradle to Grave: The Color White VI

Argonauta-The Beach at My Back

by JParadisi

13 x 13 1/2 ” oil, graphite & wax on paper 2010

Argonauta-The Beach at My Back is available for purchase online through Anka Gallery.

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From Cradle to Grave: The Color White V

The Bride

by JParadisi

11″ x 9″ oil and graphite on paper 2010

In Western culture a woman wearing white so often represents purity that it is easy to imagine the paint itself having that squeaky-clean reputation as well. But in China and Japan the color represents death and sickness in general and funerals in particular…

Color by Victoria Finlay, Balllantine Books 2002

The Bride is available for purchase online through the Anka Gallery.

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Cradle to Grave: The Color White IV

 Mean Girls (First Communion II)

by JParadisi

oil and ink on paper 2010

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From Cradle to Grave: The Color White III

Little Girls in White Dresses (First Communion)

by JParadisi

13″ 11 1/2″ oil and charcoal on paper 2010

Little Girls in white Dresses (First Communion) is available for purchase through the Anka Gallery.

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The Color White

White photo by JParadisi 2010

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The Color White: Christening Gown (Cradle to Grave)

The Christening Gown 12" x 10 1/2"

The Christening Gown by JParadisi

pencil, ink, watercolor on paper,  2010

The Christening Gown is available for purchase online through the Anka Gallery.


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Cradle to Grave: The Color White

Cradle to Grave: The Color White 2010 9" x 8 1/2" water color,ink, graphite on paper by JParadisi

From Cradle to Grave: The Color White is available for purchase online throughthe Anka Gallery.

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Iconography of Nurse III: Changing to Language

Call Light (Shift to Language) photo: JParadisi 2010

     In this last photograph in the call light triptych the icon is gone, and replaced with the word nurse. Changing from pictograph to language makes clear who the patient requests when pushing the button.    

     Recently, a vendor promoting a product his company sold visited the nurses in our department.  All of us wore white lab coats over our street clothes. One of us was a man-nurse. The vendor was younger than forty. After his demonstration, he addressed our man-nurse as a pharmacist. We corrected him. He blushed while apologizing. We forgave him.   

      Is the word nurse genderless in our post-feminist generation?   

     In the preface to her book Notes on Nursing, Florence Nightingale wrote, “-in other words, every women is a nurse.”

      Not all nurses are women.

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Call Lights: Iconography of Nurse II

Unisex Icon photo: JParadisi

       This is a photograph of a second hospital call light. The nurse cap is removed from this icon. This is the first image posted on Die Krankenschwester  without gender-bias, because it is the first one I came across. It does not specify calling a nurse. The patient pushes the same button to ask for a glass of water or for an emergency. It is clear which button to push to turn on the TV.

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Identity: An Iconography of Nurse

Nurse Iconography: Pull Cord photo: JParadisi 2010

Iconography Definition

(source:  MSN Encarta Dictionary)

1. set of recognized images: the set of symbols or images used in a particular field of activity such as music or the movies and recognized by people as having a particular meaning 

In the 1960s, peace signs, long hair, work shirts, and blue jeans were part of the iconography of rebellion. 

2. symbols in painting: the symbols and images used conventionally in a genre of painting, or the study and interpretation of these symbols and images 

the iconography used in Renaissance paintings of the Virgin and Child 

3. images of somebody or something specific: the collection, description, or study of images of somebody or something specific 

i•co•nog•ra•pher noun 

i•con•o•graph•ic [ ī kònnə gráffik ] adjective 

i•con•o•graph•i•cal adjective

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