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“The Real Deal”
24" wide x 30"
Artist Statement: I wasn't sure where this piece was headed; I had too much material to work with. Matt wrote a book and I read it three times. I copied some meaningful passages and went back numerous times and found more. We sat together at his 24" monitor as he scrolled through his personal photos with me -- his life literally flashing before my eyes.
I had to pair things down. I realized that Matt wanted to share not only his cancer experience, but also the valuable lessons learned. I made sure that both were included here.
I wanted the piece to have a strong sense of organization to reflect how Matt thinks and approaches life. I also wanted the piece to be slightly imperfect - because life can be messy. So, you'll see glue and pencil lines, images and lines of text cut and placed by eyeballing rather than measuring.
I pulled an all-nighter to complete this piece and was pretty nervous. But every time I felt anxiety kicking in, I'd read the line at the top of the center square, "Be brave when you are scared," and I was able to take on a more positive perspective.