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RUTH C. B. FIELDS

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 3, 2002

Now I Can See mixed media, acrylic/pencil, marker, chalk, and pastel 36 x 26 inches 1995

In April 1993, I was diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the breast. During that time my mother was dying from the same disease. This was a final bond with her -- a last good-bye -- for she was, and will always be, my greatest teacher and lover of the arts. She had the same location and form of tumor as I did.

Experiencing a disease like cancer, whether it be first stage or well spread, has made me truly see and evaluate the quality of my life. I refuse to succumb to this disease, and through my work, I find a process that helps to heal the pain. "Now I Can See" is truly my experience with months of radiation, chemotherapy, and emotional fervor.