©Felicia Yllenius


- moments of waiting

by Sabine Offerlind Thunberg sabineofferlindthunberg.com

In my work, I have explored the waiting room in the care environment, a place that is not often prioritized. I studied how nature can be used as a tool to contribute to a  calm and positive distraction. For me, hospitals have been a recurring place of discomfort with a lot of visual noise. I wondered why an environment that is so important to people and their well-being does not promote people’s well-being more.

My theoretical starting points are driven by the importance of the physical environment of the waiting room. A more attractive room can make the patient feel as though they will receive better, more high-quality care. Health enhancing aspects such as access to windows with views, views of nature, noise-free environment, art, and restrictions of visual distractions lead to reduced rehabilitation time and can also increase the chances of survival. Positive distraction refers to different characteristics, circumstances, or stimuli that distract the patient from possible feelings of discomfort.

Nature has been a recurring source of inspiration for me over the years. It inspires me in my creation process partly through its imperfect forms and repetitions but also though the feeling of freedom it gives me. Once more nature has taken its place in my work by impression from the familiar objects of the forest, namely the tree and the stone. Through my work Traces, the forest, with its patterns, shapes, and detail, gets a place in the sterile care environment.

The project has resulted in two different sculptures that examine materiality, color, and space with a focus on the contrast between the organic forms of nature and the straight lines of the care environment.