Joanne B. Ruggles

"I have painted 29 paintings in the Stone of Hope series. They run the gamut from expressions of rage to resignation; they explore death and they express hope for life; they question why and they accept the incomprehensible with faith. During 2004 I also kept an artist's journal to document my breast cancer journey. In many ways, it echoes the universal themes expressed in the painting series at the same time dealing with additional details of treatment and recovery, as well as cultural messages about body image and gender roles. The journal allowed me to document and collect my feelings and thoughts. When I have shared it and this painting series with others, I have learned how universal they are."

-Excerpt from Joanne B. Ruggles's Capelli Essay

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