REBECCA COWAN

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 3, 2002

Robert
etching
16 x 18 inches
1992

After my mother's long, slow death when I was just 16, I believed I could never nurse another dying person. But somehow, when my father called with the news of his cancer, I found the strength to take him to the doctor, prepare his meals, hold his hand, and listen to his worries. "Robert" is one of a series of ten etchings titled "Marked for Life" that examines the nature of both physical and emotional pain in peoples' lives, using images of scars as visual metaphors.

I have chosen to examine my conflicting emotions of loss, anger, pain, and resentment through my art, to tell stories of the ever-changing dynamics of parents and children -- holding on and letting go. As I explore my role, I can make the invisible visible to myself as well as others.

Reunion

Reunion Cheers a Father
Etching
16 x 18 inches
1994

This print is a response to "Robert." By etching directly over the previous image of pain, I hope to show how memories and pleasure sustain us through difficult times. I believe that the more happy memories we have, the faster the healing process is.

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