• Breast Cancer

    Asked by Mary1313 on Monday, October 21, 2019

    Breast Cancer

    I am an oil painter and recently painted a large (48” x 96”) diptych called “Scars are Golden”. It depicts a repaired tea bowl using the method of kintsugi, in which broken pottery is repaired using precious metals. This ancient Japanese concept tells us that our experiences, our scars, are not to be hidden or disguised, but enhanced and treasured. The painting was recently posted on the Breast Cancer Art Project Page. You can see it here https://breastcancerartproject.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/scars-are-golden/. It is also available on my website at www.marykamerer.com. I hope someone finds healing through it.

    16 Answers from the Community

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    • Dawsonsmom's Avatar
      Dawsonsmom

      Mary, your painting is beautiful!! Nice to see such talent from a fellow Carolina girl!!

      25 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Thanks for posting. You can also share it here on our Pinboard if you like, We would love to see it here.

      25 days ago
    • Mary1313's Avatar
      Mary1313

      Thank you for the nice comment. Greg, I will try to do that.

      25 days ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      Mary, I looked at EVERYTHING!! Your talent is remarkable. And it was good to see you've kept an area to look at the paintings that have already been sold. And all those awards..... I'm so jealous. Thanks for sharing.

      25 days ago
    • Mary1313's Avatar
      Mary1313

      Thank you, andreacha, that was so kind of you!

      25 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Mary, I love your work, especially your still lifes. Btw, I’m a painter, too, and a Photoshop printmaker (www.carolradsprecher). And a sister breast cancer survivor (Autocorrect tried to convert “cancer survivor” to “catsurvivor,” and I prefer that!). Thank you for sharing your work.

      24 days ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      Your painting is stunning and inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with us.

      24 days ago
    • Mary1313's Avatar
      Mary1313

      Thanks, all! Carool, I really like your abstracts—that’s one style that has intimidated me! I have said that art is cheaper than therapy...now I’m not so sure. (I may still have issues, but now i have paintings to show for it!)

      24 days ago
    • Lorie's Avatar
      Lorie

      Mary, they are so captivating. I went I went back and looked at the glass bottles quite a few times. I think it's awesome.
      Lorie

      24 days ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I love this! I’m a potter and I’ve been wanting to do a kintsugi piece. I love the connection to scars and healing.

      24 days ago
    • Mary1313's Avatar
      Mary1313

      gpgirl70. Thank you. I love that concept. Wish we could embrace it more in our western culture. I saw that one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims opened a support house called Kintsugi House. They make art there as part of their therapy.

      24 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Mary1313, thank you! Actually, my work isn’t abstract; it’s figurative and abstract elements combined. Anyway, I hope it’s okay that I piggybacked on your post.

      22 days ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Mary1313, I really like several of your pieces. Thanks for sharing.

      20 days ago
    • Ashera's Avatar
      Ashera

      Mary, your work is amazing! You've such a gift! There's another word I learned from my grandmother who used to gift me with wonderful antique finds she'd repaired or found with 'scars' that she would announce as beautiful. My favorite is a beautiful little Persian pottery vase that had been in pieces that she lovingly glued back together - cracks throughout. Wabi-Sabi - 'beauty in imperfection. My only regret is teaching that word to my son, who when growing up, and a job had to be done (clean room, teeth, hands, shirt buttoning or later with most anything - he'd announce to me "it's Wabi Sabi Mom-person" - When I later was dx'd with BC a few years ago - he lovingly put his arms around me and said..."It's all Wabi-Sabi Mom." Your still-life says it all. Thanks for sharing...

      18 days ago
    • Mary1313's Avatar
      Mary1313

      Ashera—thank you. Yes, I know of wabi-sabi and I appreciate you mentioning it. That’s a beautiful story, and it had to have been a poignant moment for your son to apply it to you. ❤️

      18 days ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Ashera, that's a really nice story. What a sweet son.

      18 days ago

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