Protocol (Sunsplash)

Protocol (Sunsplash) reinforces the metaphor of transformation over battle for the treatment process, even in the difficult days of chemotherapy. A mentor suggested a “meditation of the golden chemo” during my treatments. Through meditation, I imagined the infusion of harsh drugs as a healing light, rather than a poison. (Although this helped me enormously during and between treatments, I did not escape nausea or low blood counts!) I had fun with the ironic images of growth and complexity that evolved in making this piece: The helpful nurse administers the “sunsplash” of the golden chemo, the word “touch“ divides into “t” and “ouch,” decorative spirals “curl your toes.” The blossoming heart was a unique gift of the spontaneous medium of collage.


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