Etching, aquatint with gold embossed
Image size: 7″ x 5″
Paper size: 12.5″ x 9.5″
Edition of 20
This etching with aquatint started out as a demo plate for my class when I was teaching printmaking at Monmouth University in Long Branch, NJ.
A highly personal piece (I do wear my heart on my sleeve) it later became the iconic image for the Art of Survival at Herspace, an annual art exhibition honoring women who have been touched by breast cancer.
Following my bilateral mastectomy in 2003, I felt tight and sore, and was scarred physically and probably a bit, emotionally. I saw myself creating a healing cocoon around my raw body.
And like a butterfly who emerges from her cocoon when the time is right, I trusted, that I, too would emerge and take flight.