The Cancer Diary - I

The Cancer Diary - I

Prescriptions-Artists' Books on Well Being and Medicine with Featured Artist Martha Hall is co-curated by Dr. Stella Bolaki and Egidija Ciricaite. 

9th July 2016- 25 September 2016.

Location: The Drawing Room, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury, Kent. U.K. 




The exhibition includes 15 works of book art by Martha Hall (on loan from the University of New England) and is linked to the Medical Humanities Interdisciplinary Symposium (organised by University of Kent and supported by the Wellcome Trust.). Hall’s books document her experiences with breast cancer and interactions with the medical community from 1998 until her death in 2003.


For the E-Catalogue Please click here . My work is on pp. 166-167.



Artist Statement -The Cancer Diary- I -

 As an artist-patient,I reflect upon mastectomy beyond a surgical scar on my body. As a part of my work methodology , Ipaint breasts and tear them into pieces, which are then restored by painting onto them.This process almost marks a visual resurrection of the breast .Working with fragments, rupturing, tearing, losing and resurrecting; I express the loss of the breast and my acceptance of the same.I then paste them onto sheets of deckled edge paper , into a format of a book; which further contributes to the idea of archiving the experience , between illness and art.


Participating artists: Mara Acoma, Sophie Adams, Veronica Adamson, Judith Alder, Penny Alexander, Karen Apps, Gunilla Åsberg, Bini Atkinson, Heather Beardsley,  Gaby Berglund Cardenas,  Marina Biagini, Janet Marie Bradley, Julie Brixey-Williams, Veronique Chance,  Sally Chinea, Egidija Ciricaite,  Carole Cluer,  Allison Cooke Brown, Margaret Cooter,  Amanda Couch, George Cullen, Fiona Davies, Emma Dolphin, Stephen Emmerson, Beth Evans, Bernard Fairhurst, Ashley Fitzgerald, Yvonne J Foster, Dylan Fox, Elizabeth Fraser,  Paula Garcia Stone, Sue Hague, Sarah Harley, Cas Holmes, Deborah Humm, Winnie Yoe, Dávid Katona,  Sonia Kneepkens Gemma Lacey,  Pauline Lamont-Fisher, Mindy Lee,  Melisa Lopez, Celeste Maia,  Andrew Malone,  Kirsty McKenzie, Nicki McNaney, Lise Melhorn-Boe, Virginia Milici, Melanie Mowinski, Emma Oconnor, Carol Pairaudeau, Anne Parfitt, David Paton, Christine Pereira-Adams, Corinne Perry, Clare Petherick, Susannah Pickering, Marta Pieregonczuk, Stevie Ronnie, Anne Rook, Mary Rouncefield, Angel Sameth, Erin K. Schmidt, Maya Schueller Elmes, Ruth Shaw-Williams, Ruchika Wason Singh,  Alison Stewart,  Randi Annie Strand, Noriko Suzuki-Bosco, Carolyn Thompson, Wendy Ann Titmus, Josie Vallely, Lizanne van Essen,  Susan Walther,  Amanda Watson-Will, Susie Wilson, Alexa Wright, Lena Wurz