Evidence-based reasoning in the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) community was momentarily set aside on March 31 and April 1, 2014, for the 24th annual BUMC Art Days—at least in Hiebert Lounge, where the event was held. On display was artwork created by students, faculty, and staff of BUMC.
Art Days was initiated by BUSM Dean Emeritus Aram Chobanian to foster the support and growth of the creative arts at BUMC. The exhibition is mounted by the Creative Arts Society under the direction of faculty advisor Dr. Keith Tornheim.
The theme of this year’s exhibit was “transformation,” though paintings, photos, poetry, sculpture, and needlework based on any topic were also accepted.
Representing the creativity of the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine community was a collage created by Roua Al Timimi AS 15. The piece featured photographs of a sand sculpture in the shape of a tooth framed by a floral motif.
Al Timimi graduated from Baghdad University in Iraq in 2008. She moved to the US in 2010 with her husband, who is also a dentist. During the same year, they had a son. Al Timimi was at the beach with her son, missing her practice of dentistry, the day she made the tooth out of sand.
“Dentistry is not art alone or science alone, it is both,” said Al Timimi. “As a dentist I would rather be working on patients, helping them out by soothing their pain or giving them confidence with a wonderful smile, than making teeth of sand.”
In conclusion, said Al Timimi, “I love art but I prefer to mix it with science.”