Welcome back after a quiet week.
Over the last few months I have had the pleasure of getting to “know” the wonderful Viola Moriarty online. I am delighted, thus, today to present some of her work for today’s submission. This will be our first mixed-media submission and is part of Viola’s “Barbie gets cancer” series. You will never look at Barbie the same way again. Click to read more about this series. Click to visit Viola’s website.
Here’s what Viola has to say about herself:
I painted my first painting almost 10 years ago, and knew as I felt brush and paint on canvas that I would change everything to paint. And I did.
In 2007 I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, had partial mastectomy and 18 lymph nodes removed, targeted radiation and 6 rounds of kick ass chemo, followed by tamoxifen.
Last August I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer with metastesis around all my organs, the CNS, and many large and small brain tumors. Had full brain radiation for three weeks followed by a lot of vomiting (lost 50 pounds in two months–good thing I had the extra to lose!), then femara and now fasolodex shots. The treatments have been working and right now I’m doing great.
My greatest love—even more than painting–is my family. I have two amazing daughters: Anna Moriarty Lev () and Phoebe Moriarty Lev (). And I’m married to their father and the love of my life, Jon Lev. Henry and Dulcinea are our two cats. We live in Vermont, though I am from Denver, Colorado
And here is what Viola had to say about the “Barbie” series:
The barbies are from the Barbie Gets Cancer section of the ExVoto Suscepto Exhibit which traveled to several venues in 2009, including a presentation at Stowe Weekend of Hope in Vermont, Southern Vermont College, and the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center. They were part of my response to my first diagnosis in 2007. I’m now working on Full Brain radiation Barbie, Fasolodex Barbie, Brain Met Barbie ….along with a series of paintings called “live your life, my onclogist says”.
No matter what I envisioned when I played with those dolls (just as I’m sure Ruth Handler had no idea about her future when she invented them) I never once saw myself as growing up to get cancer.
Tamoxifen Barbie, 2008:
Radiation Barbie, mixed media on board, 2008:
Dexamethasone Barbie, mixed media, 2008: