DEBORA C. MYLES
The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 3, 2002
Cancer I mixed media 37 x 25 inches 1994 Cancer II mixed media 40 x 37 inches 1994
Last summer, my good friend of a lifetime asked if I wanted to see the latest scars on her stomach. She was recovering from one of many surgeries to control the cancer in her body. Not wanting to reject this "gift," I said yes and was surprised to find her body interesting and very beautiful. I asked her to pose for me for sketches that would lead to mixed media collage art work, and she agreed. This work has blossomed into a series and also draws from images I have in my mind from when my mother battled cancer and lost. I see them as healing.