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Dad's Tumour

Dad's Tumour

Dad's Tumour

Mhairi McPhail

This piece is a portrayal of human vulnerability and a dissection of the way my Dad's cancer affected him and our family. Initially it was a difficult to think about because it reminded me of the anxiety and feeling that everything was compromised. The tables were flipped, my Dad who has always been the strong protective shield of the family, was in a state of violation. I remember being told how big the tumour was. Cancer, is an ambiguous voyeur, creeping up and causing chaos so breaking down and analysing the imagery of the cell mutations was something that became almost a healing process. It made me realise the importance of communication and addressing complicated situations and emotions. I decided to use facial expressions that showed pain or unease in a much more subtle way because anxiety, for me was not a scream into the void. It was a chill down your spine when you have a bad feeling that you can't determine or deal with. Freedom of expression in life, is so vital. I feel so grateful as a young artist to have the freedom and resources to express and communicate my experiences visually to others through art.

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Ronnie

Ronnie

The Musician

The Musician