I’ve gotten some comments about the series I painted to demonstrate my feelings after having had a mastectomy. Re-reading the introduction to that section I realize that it’s really out of date. I’ll have to change the numbers: my mastectomy was 17 years ago, and so far, thank God, no recurrence.
The first time the series was exhibited, I watched people who were looking at it — most very intently. One gentleman told me that it was one thing to read about the effects of mastectomies on women, but when those effects were illustrated there was a greater impact — because it was easier to understand them in a visual rather than intellectual format.