REBECCA KAMEN

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

Garden Series #7 wood, acrylic, rock 10 x 19.5 x 8.5 inches 1992


Garden Series # 6 wood acrylic, rock 9 x 15 x 6 inches 1992


Participating in my own father's courageous struggle with cancer has made me very sensitive to the process of terminal illness. Diagnosed with a very rare cancer, he was not expected to live long. Being the type of person that he was, he defied medical data and lived a very productive 3 1/2 years after this initial diagnosis. Dad's positive mental ability to surmount the medical odds continues to be a constant source of inspiration in my life.

My father's ability to discuss his illness gave me an opportunity to create artwork that celebrates the gift of insight that terminal illness brings to those willing to listen and share with others its instructive messages. I feel very blessed that my father has become, in a way, my Muse, challenging and inspiring me to give a visual voice to his insights. Peoples' responses have been extremely gratifying: because all have experienced some type of loss in their lives, they are able to relate very deeply to this work. I feel honored that my art has given people a vehicle to get in touch with these feelings.

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