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Acrylic and colored pencil on wood panel
18” x 24”
Artist Statement: Cathy's cancer story could not be told without discussing her infertility journey. It was her desire to have a child that led to the discovery and diagnosis of her Thyroid cancer. Throughout these experiences, Cathy was put through so much physical and emotional strain and loss. Despite it all, Cathy is now a loving person who values her health, experiences, and sharing life with her son. She has a strong urge to provide her son with the mindset that she was only able to achieve after experiencing so much trauma.
In my painting, I tied Cathy's experiences to the myth of Romulus and Remus. In the story, the twins Romulus and Remus are found helpless by a wolf who takes them in and nurses them ensuring their survival. The symbol of the maternal wolf represents strength, endurance, and a strong desire to protect her family. In this work, the wolf is with one child who symbolizes Cathy's son. In the sky behind them are six stars each representing a miscarriage. The scene is depicted at sunrise to symbolize hope and new beginnings but also addresses the daily reminders, both physical and emotional, that are present after having lived through such experiences.