Randy Garber

 "Six months after my commissioned painting for the Karp Cancer Research Center was installed I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Ironically, for several years prior to my diagnosis I had been looking at and painting cancer cells. I had gotten myself an artist residency in a pathology lab in a nearby hospital where I could peer through microscopes at new and unfamiliar visual material...

...Quite frankly, I'm still sorting through the psychological and creative effects of having had cancer. My recovery has not gone smoothly. I've returned to the hospital needing more surgery at the cancer site and am being monitored for some "suspicious" growth in my other breast. And just a few months ago my husband was diagnosed with lymphoma and is having chemotherapy where I did. I continue to make and show my artwork. Through it, I stumble, grasp and occasionally run with ways of exploring and expressing the knowledge that my body sometimes has long before it comes to a consciousness that verbal language can name. I've through that sometime soon I might be ready to go back to looking at cancer cells under the microscrope and I wonder how I will interpret them now." 

-Excerpt from Randy Garber's Capelli Essay



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