The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 3, 2002
Aunt Stasia oil 35 x 23 inches 1995
My sister Judy died of liver cancer in 1990. My aunt Stasia died of stomach cancer in 1995. My aunt was deeply spiritual and gave courage to all around her throughout her long year of suffering. Judy, on the other hand, led a frantic, dysfunctional life: for nine months, she tried every possible way to arrest the cancer in every hospital she could find that had a remote cure idea. When she died, she left unresolved relationships all around her. I tried to work out my feelings about her death in a series of huge, dark paintings, "Stuff Falling from the Attic." Since then, I've studied Buddhism intensively and made two month-long trips to India. My work is still about death but has gotten more playful, brighter colored, and is using a transcultural format, that of a Tibetan Tanka. Judy is still in my paintings. I guess I am still trying to help her not be so afraid.
Steps oil 27 x 18 inches 1995Waiting is about the attitude concerning death in Benares, India. Bodies wrapped in beautiful material wait on steps to be burned. Death is OK -- a part of life.
Not Alone oil 37 x 21 inches 1995
Spirits oil 35 x 26 inches 1995This painting was done in tribute to three of my friends suffering from breast cancer, a fragmentation of the body.