New York artist honors nurses for their hard work fighting COVID-19

Collage of brightly colored portraits of many different women (© Rebecca Moses)
A collage of the 46 portraits of Mount Sinai nurses by Rebecca Moses, on view at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City (© Rebecca Moses)

Artist Rebecca Moses paints the portraits of nurses at a New York City hospital to honor and commemorate their hard work fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

What began as a “Stay Home Sisters” series — which centered around the worldwide “powerful stories of how women have coped and continue to cope in such extraordinary times,” the artist says — turned into a way to honor heroic and selfless women in Moses’s backyard.

The connections made through the first series, “led me to one of the sisters, Linda Valentino, who works as a senior vice president of nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital,” says Moses. “After our connection, she reached out to me [to see] if there was a way I could help celebrate the nurses. And that is how I created the 46 portraits that I endowed to the hospital to say ‘thank you.'”

The portraits are on display at The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Guggenheim Pavilion as the “Thank You, Mount Sinai Nurses” exhibition.