Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
This is the sixth Artist Spotlight that will feature artists participating in the Invisible:VisAble exhibition. Every couple of weeks I will introduce you to one of the participants, give a little information about them, and include some insights they provide me with about their art, challenge(s), what they are working on...I have left it up to the artists what they would like to include! Please do leave comments; we would love to hear what you have to offer!
“I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1995, and underwent 10 months of chemotherapy.
The physical changes to my body wrought by the chemotherapy urged me to embark on an investigation, down to a cellular level, to discover a visual language with which to depict both my own illness and that of the ill body in general. I began documenting, collating and recording my medical treatments and diagnostic procedures and experiences, which were then distilled into a collection of objects and images which were initially created by medical technology. These were combined metaphorically and symbolically, to create new meanings and visual images that moved away from the purely diagnostic, that decontextualised and demystified my disease and it’s treatment and investigated the condition of the medical patient."
Chemo Hand' 1999 ( xerox on paper and acetate collage)
"In her paintings she moves from the particular to the universal. Cancer engenders physical and psychological fragmentation, and my principal metaphor for such self-dispersion is the dissolution of the trunk into a patchwork quilt of implants. The broken body is a hodgepodge of scraps of cutout paper precariously secured to each other by white round-headed pins evocative of lymph nodes or, thread applied like surgical stitching, or scabby clots of impasto. Rifts and seams, redolent of gashes and scars, suggest imminent disintegration. Paint becomes distempered skin. It puckers, creases, mottles, and erupts into pustules, or trails down the canvas like a discharge weeping from a sore.”
From a review by Lloyd Pollak of Body Of Evidence, 2003
Self Portrait( Be Careful How You Look) 2010
( gouache on paper)
I had a right brain stroke in 2009 and I have been, and am still, struggling with every aspect of my life. Just getting through the day and all the demands of life make me completely exhausted. I still make art because it feels good and is the one aspect of life I still find enjoyable and stimulating.
(Cyanotype on fabriano)
Life is hard enough without a disability.
mixed media installation
I struggle with fatigue, depression, visual disabilities as well as the executive function of my brain. By the time I have gotten through the daily chores and cleared the time and space - physical temporal and mental space - to get down to work I feel as if I have been walking through soup and only once I sit down to paint do I feel a sense of relief and my anxiety dissipates enough to concentrate for a half hour at a time.”
(Enlarged photograph by Sue Kramer and theatre sheet curtains and curtain rails mounted on board)
Thank you, Leisa, for this extremely interesting post.
"By the time I have gotten through the daily chores and cleared the time and space - physical temporal and mental space - to get down to work I feel as if I have been walking through soup and only once I sit down to paint do I feel a sense of relief and my anxiety dissipates enough to concentrate for a half hour at a time.”
Gut wrenching- and an important message!
I have been appreciating this entire series very much.