Phyllis Gillie Jaffe

Mended Hearts
(The Heart Series)


The Heart collection was inspired during a day watching open heart-surgery
as a chaplain intern at Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, DC. The surgeon held the beating heart in his palm. My heart “was in my mouth” as I watched this living organ be turned off. Still, with no life, it became just a grey hunk of meat. At that moment I knew the meaning of life and God.


The experience was given personal meaning when I experienced an unnecessary heart “accident” that threatened my life. Creating art provides
an opportunity to authenticate and assimilate these experiences into my emotional system and my identity.





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