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Paddock at Longford


Bywaters, M, Paddock at Longford, Cancer Council Tasmania, Tasmania, pp. 1 (2020) [Minor Creative Work]

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In late December 2019, my wife, Danielle, was diagnosed with breast cancer. In September 2020 we celebrated our twenty-year wedding anniversary.

My primary role in 2020 was to hold our family together during the often brutal cancer journey. Additionally, to our cancer narrative we have, like the rest of the community managed the COVID–19 pandemic. COVID with my wife having cancer and a severely compromised immune system, has added an extreme concern on Danielle’s health and our family life.

"Paddock at Longford" depicts the image from our car window as I drove Danielle to medical appointments and uses the landscape genre as a metaphor to depict the cancer journey as emotionally experienced by the carer; the brutality, the worry, anguish and challenging heartbreak.

Painted mostly at night, alone and in a silent studio space, the canvas represents an inner more transient time. Raw and at times with a crude connectivity between the hand and heartbreak, the artwork represents a struggle to maintain calm and positive, whilst surrounded by a forbidding grey darkness.

Item Details

Item Type:Minor Creative Work
Keywords:cancer, painting, carer
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Design
UTAS Author:Bywaters, M (Dr Malcom Bywaters)
ID Code:147861
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Cultural Collections
Deposited On:2021-11-18
Last Modified:2021-11-25

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