The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging for everyone, but it was especially hard on those who work in healthcare. To pay tribute to their employees, patients, and the community, Methodist Hospital | Metropolitan wanted to do something special. Because of the hospital’s love for the arts, they commissioned a piece by San Antonio-based interdisciplinary artist Jenelle Esparza. They were looking for a piece of art that would reflect on and commemorate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and all who faced its innumerable challenges head-on.
Esparza interviewed several frontline hospital staff representing various departments to gather insight into the pandemic from those doing the critical groundwork. This collection of interviews culminated in an art piece, which symbolically acts as an altar to acknowledge a period of significant loss and resilience.