Contemporary Fiber Artist
Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA

Catalog of Recent Works

People who have not had cancer, who still view it from a distance, cannot understand that it has a rich and vital underbelly. With cancer, in my experience, creativity can burst forth, friendships can intensify, families can come together. People learn, reevaluate, modify, wake up. It is not an entirely negative experience; for me it has been positive. It has given me great freedom in operating my life.
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My friends and I were all normal premenopausal early 40ish women before our cancer chapters. Now our bodies can do odd things. Because of our medical histories, we don't know what to ascribe our new conditions to -- chemotherapy or menopause.
In this piece, I am playing with and reorganizing the from the previous one. I appear in the same spiky haired body as previously, with my colon revealed in the shape of an S for superwoman. The darker figure in the background is also me, with thin hair and a scar in the lung area.
Our group of friends had a sleep over on Alta Vista Road, on a wonderful farm inhabited by peacocks. We invited a faith healer for entertainment to stay for about an hour. He stayed almost all night. We all considered him to be an interesting experience. I did not embrace his philosophy because of his emphasis on the disease as being the responsibility of my ancestors. In this piece, I first included the lyre bird, as well as the peacock feathers, which will continue in many pieces.
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Do what feels right in terms of taking care of yourself post-cancer. If collecting hammered aluminum trays feels like it's the right thing to do, and makes you feel good, do it. Who is to say what is right and what is wrong?
This is the first piece done after my surgery to remove a suspect thymus gland. the central figure therefore contains a new scar. On the left, I have included my doctor's large drawing of a thymus, which I have mistakenly labeled as a thalamus. The title of this piece refers to a member of my extended family who insists my problem with cancer has come from the water I drink.
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It is my belief that one can become grounded no matter their circumstances. Roots can be put down. Eccentric is interesting. Letters and words used in my compositions suggest the dependence and prevalence of information in the nineties. It is all around us in space, both visibly and invisibly.
This piece is a scar portrait of a male friend who had a quadruple bypass. His wife, an artist, did the graph of his scars for me on a male body on the front of a Time Magazine. I thought it was such a telling gesture because her artwork is all about time, and so is his disease. In included parts of the magazine name in the image.
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A friend drew for me, on a napkin, her radiation guide marks. She, at that time, was almost bald. She is represented twice in this piece, once with her breasts in front, and once with them on the back of her body. The Gallant Allies is the cohesive group of friends represented in these works.
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