Monday, November 3, 2008

La amputación-The Amputation

Acrylics on canvas 12 by 16 inches.

On February 1st. 2006, I underwent my first surgery. In the hours leading up to it, while having the lump on the right marked and going for a scintigraphy to locate the sentinel, I felt completely alone and shiveringly cold. I wrote on the painting: "On February 1st. 2006, it was freezing cold during the day, totally befitting what was about to happen. That day they amputated my left breast."
On the curtains I wrote: "Whatever is in the future will also become a memory, what is in the past will not be seen again," a Buddhist line that helped me get through stressing times like having preop tests done, waiting for tests, waiting for test results...

2 comments:




Egmont van Dyck
said...

I hesitated back and forth regarding to comment or not to, obviously I decided to.

The image, but especially the words that accompany the post hit home.

I need space now, but will come back . . .

ria said...

Hey Egmont, thx for commenting- despite hesitation-here too. It's a 'special' piece&text for me personally as well, 'raw'... Take care!