A NEW REALITY:DRESSED TO KILL
11 - 29 March
Opening: 12 March from 6pm with special guest Professor John Boyages
Two years ago artist Christine Shoji was diagnosed with breast cancer. Surgery followed along with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and endocrine therapy. In one sense she had become another statistic. But what did it mean for her?
‘My sense of femininity was stripped from me by the treatments – hair loss, digestive tract ruined, loss of sexual pleasure, poor health, tiredness and depression.’
As with many other women overcoming breast cancer, Christine has been through a harrowing personal journey. But it was also a journey that found expression in her art as she poured her anguish and loss into a remarkable array of sculptures, paintings, prints and garments,
“I took the negatives and turned them into stunning, confronting positives,” she said. A lithograph printed onto kimono silk, featuring her bald head and sad expression, resulted in one of the most unusual garments, Chemo Cheongsam, that took three months to complete.
The show will have an interactive component for women who have suffered mastectomies. 150 clay breasts have been moulded and fired for a midden of discarded breasts, to be decorated by other breast cancer sufferers during an artist talk on Friday, 21 March from 11am.
OFFICIAL OPENING: Invite here
The official opening will be on Wednesday 12 March from 6pm, with special guest Professor John Boyages, Director of Breast Oncology at Macquarie University Cancer Institute.
Professor Boyages was the founding director of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and has published more than 135 research and clinical articles and is committed to the dissemination of research findings to lay and professional audiences.
This event is being supported by the Lane Cove Council as part of Seniors Week. Download the Seniors Week program here