In 1994, during a routine gynecological exam, an ovary was found
to be enlarged. Both ovaries were confirmed as cancerous during the
ensuing surgery. While recuperating from the surgery, I began making
small hand-sewn books. These books enabled me to fill my time
productively and with an eye to the future and a positive attitude.
The use of children's images started while receiving chemotherapy
and was prompted by the special relationship I developed with my
daughter during that difficult time. I continued with myartwork when
my energy allowed, making paper and incorporating photographic
images, paper patterns and metal objects, which I allowed to rust and
stain the paper.
In Spoons, of the children in the image (myself, a cousin and two
friends), I am the only survivor. The others were lost to cancer, a heart attack and an automobileaccident.