Over the years I have had the privilege of collecting finger prints of some amazing people. I will be featuring these people each month. I am starting with Julie Abijanac. She is an artist, professor, wife, cancer survivor and friend. I wear this ring when i need inspiration and I am hoping to get the creative juices flowing. Her art work is beautiful and challenging. I am sure she inspires her students as much as she has inspired me. I am excited to see what is next for Julie as she continues to push boundaries, face challenges and inspires others.
The piece below is titled
As a survivor of and caretaker for those afflicted with cancer, I find death, loss, pain and longing ongoing emotional challenges for me as a wife, friend and artist. My work, on occasion, is a visual description of how the disease manifests within the body. It also, at times, has become a way for me to pay tribute to those who have become casualties of the disease.
Anamnesis is a series of suspended paper vessels that captures a shared moment in the manifestation of cancer and a remembrance of those who have been taken by the disease.