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KATHRYN KEEGAN

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

1 in 9 gouache, watercolor, pastel 22 x 29 inches 1994


Acceptance Watercolor 22 x 30 inches 1994


I have been a fiber artist for the past 25 years. Cancer treatments left me without the energy to weave, so instead I turned to drawing and painting. More than anything else, art helped me come to an understanding and acceptance of my "dis-ease."

These two paintings represent different stages of my cancer therapy. "1 in 9" was painted during chemotherapy, the darkest time of my illness. It expresses the inner confusion and mental chaos caused by this life-threatening disease. Life no longer made sense. I was too young to die. "Acceptance" deals with the struggle to accept what was and to regain my faith in life. "Acceptance" was painted while I was undergoing radiation, by which time I had gone through the worst of my cancer treatments and was hopeful at last.

My experience with breast cancer made me stronger and recommitted to exploring the feminine power.