By Carol Radsprecher (USA)
“My stage 1, triple-positive breast cancer was diagnosed almost twenty-one years ago. I was treated at MSKCC in NYC. I had a lumpectomy, four infusions of A/C, and radiation. As with most people diagnosed with a cancer, my experience has left an indelible mark on my outlook and concerns for the future, and on my artwork. These images reflect the fear and sadness I felt all those years ago — feelings that have remained, though they are tempered with feelings of hope, as well as gratefulness to the medical staff and scientists who helped me and help so many others.
All of these images are breast-centric. That isn’t to say that they are preplanned; they are made spontaneously, each line or resultant shape and color stems from the previous lines and colors, and from my memory bank of experiences and images.”
Can’t Be So – 2017 – Inkjet print drawn in Photoshop – 12×12”
Two highlighted breasts and a feeling of danger and power.
The Loop – 2018 – Inkjet print drawn in Photoshop – 12×12”
This expresses, in part, in an almost-literal way, the overhanging and semi-present fear of another breast cancer, either a new primary or a metastasis. Oddly, that fear grows more insistent as the year of my diagnosis and treatments recedes
Escalating Nipples – 2011 – Inkjet print drawn in Photoshop, with Photoshop copy/paste of segments of my photo – 11×14”
I’m disguising my face here but baring my fancifully erupting nipples. They are going places! My breast may have threatened to destroy my life, but at least here I exerted some control.
Puncture Perfect – 2017 – Inkjet print drawn in Photoshop – 12×12”
This figure is trapped.
Bumps – 2019 – Inkjet print drawn in Photoshop – 12×12”
Without being too literal, I’ll say that the two sets of (distorted) breasts are reaching for and echoing each other.
Moo – 2010 – Inkjet print drawn in Photoshop, with Photoshop copy/paste of segments of my photo – 11×14”
This image again reflects my preoccupation with my breasts and the image of breasts.
Comforter – 2015 – Inkjet print drawn in Photoshop – 12×12”