Sue Majewski’s work is displayed at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township. She is one of 10 artists commissioned to create artwork that reflects and celebrates the diversity of its team members and their unique experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sue Majewski’s work is displayed at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township. She is one of 10 artists commissioned to create artwork that reflects and celebrates the diversity of its team members and their unique experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 art tributes revealed, Henry Ford Macomb included

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published November 11, 2021

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In determining what to name her artwork, Sue Majewski wanted healthcare workers to know how much they are appreciated.

On Oct. 25, it was announced that Henry Ford Health System began unveiling COVID-19 tributes. The health system commissioned 10 Michigan artists to create artwork that reflects and celebrates the diversity of its team members and their unique experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Majewski’s work is displayed outside of the gift shop. People can see the piece of art, titled Take Our Love with You.

Majewski, of St. Clair Shores, works as a mosaic artist, dealing in ceramics and stained glass.

“It was for healthcare workers, commemorating all of their hard work throughout COVID,” she said. “I wanted to focus on the workers but everyone else, as well. This pandemic was such a big blow that everybody had to work together to get through it. All I can do is commend them; they just keep coming back.”

Majewski’s vision for the image was to have people milling about on the left panel, gathering together in the middle, and lining up, “get ready to go to whatever is next,” on the right.

“The background is a big gradation that goes into a little black hole,” she said. “I didn’t want it to be depressing, but people are lining up, heading to whatever it becomes.”

She wanted all people in the piece to be made of mirrors, so folks looking at it can see themselves in the piece.

It took Majewski about 300 hours to complete the piece.

Barbara Rossmann, president and CEO of Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, said art, in all its forms, can inspire and heal.

“Taking the time to reflect on the impact of the pandemic, the remarkable courage and resilience of our team and on the personal journey we each are taking to heal through these art projects is time very well spent,” she said.

Rossmann said Majewski’s piece inspires a lasting impression of how people truly came together to align around a purpose.

“To provide the art and science of healing for those we are privileged to serve, especially during the pandemic,” she said.

In regard to how pieces of art can help employee morale, Rossmann said the art was designed to celebrate each of Henry Ford’s staff members.

“It is meant to be reflective of their unique experiences and our coming together as a team through this pandemic period,” she said. “I’ve seen our staff members stop to admire the new artwork the last few days, and I know they feel honored by the tribute.”

A press release notes that, throughout the creation process, artists engaged with Henry Ford team members to understand what they have endured both personally and professionally through the pandemic.

The artists were chosen by committees of team members at each of the 10 Henry Ford Health System locations where the art will be installed.

More than 100 artists or artist teams responded to a public call for proposals. The selected artists work in a range of mediums, including textile, collage and ceramic.

The custom art pieces will be installed and unveiled throughout the fall and winter.

The project was made possible through Henry Ford’s COVID-19 relief fund.