TIRR Memorial Hermann Unveils Artwork by Former Patient

TIRR Memorial Hermann recently unveiled two large pieces of artwork in its main lobby. The artwork has special meaning because it was created by former patient Jared Dunten, an artist who uses his mouth to paint.

Dunten suffered a spinal cord injury while diving into the Rio Grande during a camping trip in April 2000. The injury damaged Dunten’s C4 and C5 vertebrae, near the top of his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. The two pieces of artwork hanging on each side of the TIRR Memorial Hermann lobby are appropriately titled, “C4” and “C5,” named after the vertebrae damaged during Dunten’s accident.

“The painting on the right side as you enter the lobby is a bit more chaotic and painterly in style, it’s symbolic of life following an accident like I experienced,” says Dunten. “The painting on the opposite side of the lobby as you exit is a bit softer, less chaotic and the unopened bud on the end represents hope for the life you have ahead of you.”

Dunten chose to paint orchids because of their resemblance to the vertebrae in the spine. The paintings are some of the largest Dunten has ever created.

“These pictures inspire me because I’m reminded of the challenges those with a disability face every day and yet I’m also reminded of the power and strength these same individuals have to overcome their disability,” says Carl Josehart, Senior Vice President and CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann. “We hope these paintings will help to convey the message of hope and optimism we offer to each and every patient who enter our building.”

For more information on the rehabilitation services offered through TIRR Memorial Hermann visit:  http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/ or call 1-800-44-REHAB (73422).