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It's Not Pretty

It's Not Pretty

Post Surgical painting. I had a double mastectomy based on multiple biopsies thru the years and a positive brka test for the cancer gene. Paintings center on how women identify to breasts, hair and other female parts. We forget that we are not a sum of our outer parts. Post surgeries were done based on ruptured implants. Materials were those used in surgery such as bloodied gauze in some cases, drawn drainage materials, paper towels, mediums used are acrylic, oil, pencil, pastels and ink.
23" H x 12" W

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Don't Forget Your Party Hat

Don't Forget Your Party Hat

Mixed Media piece on wood about having surgical procedures based on a prior double mastectomy years before. This work is a new series. Completed 2011 following another surgery for a capsulectomy. Materials are gauze, used gauze, dried blood, medical papers, acrylic, used paper towels, oil, marker and pencil, glue.
23.5" H x 16.75" W

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Sterile Brand New

Sterile Brand New

Work is an exploration based on surgical procedures thru the years. This examines women and their views on female identity based on external parts deemed important by society. Materials are gauze from surgery, used paper towels, dried blood, acrylic, oil, pastel, medical papers on precedures and post opt care. Pieces from this series for 2011 are on wood.
16.75" H x 24.75" W

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Free of Twists and Turns

Free of Twists and Turns

From my surgery series. There are two parts of me, my outer scars and acceptance of my inner self. I had a double mastectomy in 1994 as a pro active measure based on a medical diagnosis and a heavy family history of breast cancer. Mixed media on plywood, with recycled papers, acrylic, oil, oil pastel, marker,surgical gauze, and other medical paraphernalia.
25" H x 17" W

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Wash Away

Wash Away

Wash Away (surgery series) is my desire to wash away how I feel about my body. I had a pro-active double mastectomy in 1994 due to many biopsies thru the years. I was fibrocystic and have a history of breast cancer on my mother's side. I came up positive for the BRCA test and my cell count was off. I am the first on my mother's side of the family to get past 53.I have had to have re-do surgeries about every 10 years to replace implants. Not pleasant. This is about washing away my outer scars to a self acceptance and to let other women know they are not alone.
22" H x 19" W

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Allergy

Allergy

Part of the surgery healing series, this is about how we face surgery and the battles of aging. We either crumble or become warriors to better ourselves thru our experiences. I am a pro-active warrior, always one step ahead.
24" H x 17" W

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Sterile Drained Confusion

Sterile Drained Confusion

This surgery series examines aging and scars as a result of a subcutaneous mastectomy in 1994(early detection of breast cancer and positive BRCA test) and 2 capsulectomies done 10 years apart for ruptured implants. I am the first of three generations of women on my mother's side to get past 54.
24" H x 17" W

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Doctor Say

Doctor Say

Mixed media on wood with surgical tape, medical forms cut up in a collage manner using acrylic, oil, glue, pastel and inks. completed 2012
25" H x 17" W

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I Think It Was the Medication

I Think It Was the Medication

Based on a series of surgeries over the years, this concerns the recoup time.
24" H x 17" W

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This May Impair Your Ability

This May Impair Your Ability

This is a mixed media piece on recycled wood. I use all the surgical gauze, medical forms and other doctor related items to collage into the work. Acrylic, oil, inks, gel mediums and pastels are utilized.
17" H x 24" W

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