Mark Barmak Shetabi

Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Mark Barmak Shetabi - Examination
Mark Barmak Shetabi
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Oil on panel with aluminum, tile
28 1/4 x 34 1/2 inches
Catalog No. 38A

Mark Barmak Shetabi - Examination No. 1

Examination No. 1
Oil on panel with aluminum, tile
23 x 31 inches
Catalog No. 38B

My experience with cancer has come mainly from my father, who is an oncologist. Examination No. 1 shows the face he shares with his patients, amid the cold, sterile technology of their treatment.

One of my strongest childhood memories was at age 5, when I was taken to the hospital to see my grandfather, who was dying of lung cancer. Over the years, I've thought about what must have been racing through my father's mind as he treated his father.

In Examination, the woman is the viewer of her own body -- a self-examination. The posture taken during a breast exam is strikingly similar to the classical poses of 18th and 19th century French painting.

From the National Cancer Institute