Artwork’s Focus: Pain Relief

Above: This clinic in West Des Moines features everything but health care. It’s an elaborate, temporary work of art, whose focus is pain.

Artist Anna Cowley Ford’s work sometimes reflects her personal experience, including her migraine pain. Her latest example is the Pain Away Clinic, an installation in Valley Junction.

“It is phenomenal,” notes Susan Watts, who owns the nearby Olson-Larsen Galleries and OL Guild, where Ford’s project is installed. “It is all about her journey trying to manage chronic pain. … The piece is so convincing that several people have asked if a new tenant moved into the space.”

Ford divides her time between Iowa and Texas, where her work has been displayed in Dallas and Fort Worth.

The Pain Away Clinic, at 201 Fourth St., will be open through Jan. 12. Walk-ins welcome. Good news: No co-pay. Bad news: No actual health care.
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