DWC in the USA!

I’m delighted to let you know that Diagnosis (the signature piece for the project) and Acceptance are at this moment on the way to Alabama in the USA. They have been purchased by a a gynaecological oncology specialist who has been generously supportive of the DWC project.

It seems strange to say ‘goodbye’ to the work – especially to Diagnosis which is the first major piece I made for DWC, but is great that both works are to be displayed appropriately and will be enjoyed by many. Profits from the sale will also help enormously in progressing the project. At present I am focusing on writing a book in collaboration with one of the first women I worked with back in 2012. The book is entitled ‘Like Any Other Woman’ and it documents, through word and image, the project so far – more details on that later.

Diagnosis copy 2

Acceptance

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last day of the month

So, this is the last day of the Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month and I hope my, albeit tiny contribution to the campaign has been of some interest and maybe inspired some thought on the issue. Of course, even though the sun will go down for the last time for this September 2017, it does not mean that women are not still being diagnosed with some form of gynae cancer every day, and for that reason neither does it mean that the Drawing Women’s Cancer project will end. I will continue to make work to articulate patient experience, and I am always interested in making contact with any organisations that might be interested in collaboration with me. I think that what I do offers a rich and probably unique perspective, through creative practice, on a form of life experience that is profound sometimes beyond conventional explication, and where respect and empathy for the patient as a person and a unique individual is sometimes lacking in the storm of diagnosis and treatment Drawing Women’s cancer project tries to address this.

It goes without saying that I remain in grateful debt to all those who have participated in and supported my work in so many different ways.

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the self

Today’s post in support of the Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month and the Eve Appeal campaign derives from notes I made after having a conversation with an elderly woman diagnosed with gynae cancer. For me, sometimes when I write, the prose poetry form evokes the emotion far more than a conventional narrative, and its imagery is inherent.

The Self

The self before

The self that has the disease

The self after

Can you forget?

‘I don’t know’

She tells me of the shock, the fear she felt on diagnosis

‘I went numb, I was beyond myself’.

Her daughter

who was with her

just ‘fell apart’.

She is going to Yorkshire to attend her daughters wedding.

She will buy her dress there

‘There are better shops up there’

 

drawing the visceral

Today’s post in support of the Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month and the Eve Appeal campaign recalls that my attending and drawing in theatre has been, and remains a vital part of the work that I do. ‘Being there’ for the woman undergoing the procedure helps me understand her experience and empathise with her at a very visceral level. It has also been a pleasure to see, first hand, the surgeons at work, and to enjoy the trust given me by both staff and patients.

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the very first Exhibition 2012

“You’re having an exhibition on vulval cancer?  What, open to the public?  With drawings?  Blimey!”

That was one reaction to the news that we were putting up our very first exhibition for the DWC project. Things have moved on a lot since then!

You can view/download a PDF of the original catalogue here:

DWCCATALOGUE

I am posting daily throughout September post in support of the Gynaecological Cancer Awareness month and the Eve Appeal campaign

Exhibition 2014

Here is today’s post in support of Gynaecological Cancer awareness month and the Eve Appeal.

The DWC Exhibition in Cardiff Central Library in 2014 was a great success. The talk/presentation that we put on during the month that the show was up was well attended by patients and their families, and by medical staff. Their feedback, and that of the many members of the general public who visited, for both the exhibition and the project as a whole was really useful for ongoing work since then. 

In all my projects I prefer to exhibit the work in public spaces rather than in commercial galleries so that the maximum number of people have the chance to see it and engage with the ideas and sentiments that underpin the DWC project. The Library was therefore ideal. Sadly, three years on, the exhibition space is no more as the Library has converted it… in fact I believe we were the final exhibitors there. At least it finished on a high note!