Leslie Bowen

Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Leslie Bowen - Sun and Moon
Leslie Bowen
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Sun and Moon
Oil on canvas with mixed media
30 x 40 inches
1998-1999
Catalog No. 2

In 1967, while I was a freshman in college, my mother died after a recurrence of breast cancer just two years after having a radical mastectomy. My rock, my stability, my security were suddenly gone. Our relationship had been so close that I barely understood where she left off and I began. I have only recently come to terms with the loss and the feelings of emptiness that I suppressed for many years after her death.

Looking through old photographs and reading poetry written by my father, myself and others was particularly cathartic. To my surprise, I felt a sense of joy rather than pain. Her presence was tremendously comforting to me -- after all these years. This is the story of a woman with beauty, strength and intelligence who, due to ignorance and fear, lost her life. This is a celebration and tribute to her life and our continued bond. She lives in me.

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