SHARON DENAULT

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

Hurt
Pastel, study for a sculpture piece in process
21 x 25 inches
1990

My first experience with cancer was in 1982, when I wasn't sure that I really wanted to survive. In 1987, my second clash occurred while I was going through a stressful divorce. This time I definitely wanted to live. I was again involved in my art; throughout the divorce, it was the only thing that maintained my sanity. Now it was going to give me a reason to live.

During this period, I started to do volunteer work with the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and help to organize the "Art That Heals" program, which has now changed to "Healing From Within." I also went back to school, graduating with a masters in art therapy. I can now look at my cancer as a gift; it opened up a wonderful gamut of possibilities, both personally through my art and socially in what I can accomplish as an art therapist working with the rehabilitation of cancer survivors.


Confronting Cancer Through Art Home Page

A more "graphically intensive" version of this exhibition is online at the Arthur Ross Gallery.

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