The University Record, October 15, 2001
Cancer survivors display artwork
By Maria White
Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Comprehensive Cancer Centers Survivors Art Gallery is featuring
the work of local cancer patients with a public exhibition, A Healing
Journey: Confronting Cancer Through Art. The show will run through
U-M cancer patients submitted artworks ranging from oil paintings,
watercolors and pottery to textiles, weavings and bead work to the Cancer
Centers Art Selection Committee, which used a blind process to select
the 25 works now featured in the fall show.
The purpose of our gallery, in general, and this exhibit specifically, is to help cancer patients find ways to cope with their diseaseto rise above the situation and even lose ones self in art, says Suzanne Mahler, healing arts director. I believe visitors to the gallery will look at the art and find strength.
The watercolor painting above was created by cancer survivor Anita
I mean my work to be a celebration of all that is good and positive in
life, reads a notation by Rabideau next to the painting.
The logo is used for the Health Systems Healing
Arts Program. (Photo by Martin May)|
Examples of the art and artists comments include:
A beaded necklace with strands of real hair, titled How I wore my hair in 1997.
A quilt created by an area dentist who nearly had to have her arm amputated because of bone cancer. As she put it, The quilt is very symbolica sign of my healing and life.
Beads created by a nationally known beader who explained, Not long ago, I dreamed of these little bald heads. Recurrent dreams. I was compelled to make them. Unexpectedly, I too became a bald head, but its my belief that my scary little stone heads frightened away the cancer, along with a strong mix of faith and prayer.
The Survivors Gallery is located on Level B1 of the Cancer Center, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, and is open to the public 8 a.m.5 p.m., Mon.Fri.
For more information, visit the Web at www.cancer.med.umich.edu or call (734) 764-8492.