Submission Title

Above Water

Artist Statement

After a trial and error period, I understood that balance is not about absolute control but of continuous inspiration.

ABOVE WATER represents my balancing act during my first year in medical school while going through the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been hard not to lose pieces of myself in these tumultuous times, especially when there is so much to learn and so little time. I turned to my loved ones to bring me light and joy. To be those shades of color that I had lost. I painted ABOVE WATER as a reminder of how I got here and why I get to stay here. As my first year ends, I feel I am not swimming against the current but enjoying the colorful sea.

About the Artist

I am Vania Arboleda, a first-year osteopathic medical student at NSU-KPCOM. I am an international student from Chiclayo, Peru. All my life experiences have led me to believe medicine is the art of creating new ways to heal the body and the mind.