As the artist in residence at the University of Rochester Medical Center since January of 2018, Charmaine Wheatley, sits with individuals from a different organisations, capturing their likeness and fragments of conversation with watercolour on paper. Each portrait involves open hearted discussion of experiences of those who live with the challenges of HIV and mental health, as well as, researchers, clinicians, and caretakers. These portraits unravel stigma within the HIV and Mental Health communities of Rochester, New York.
From January 1, 2017- June 30, 2017, Charmaine focused on the mental health community of Rochester and since July, immersed in the HIV population of Rochester and Buffalo. For more information about the project, visit bit.ly/cwartistinresidence