Doroth Mayer
Circle of Life, 34 x 33

"Under the Influence" exhibit


Under The Influence

Under the Influence was a one-person exhibition at Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Institute for Health and Healing in 2008. As I was going through treatment for breast cancer, women asked if I was documenting the process by making art. I wasn’t, but I did begin preparing—I asked a photographer to photograph my breasts before a double mastectomy. When I was declared “cancer free,” I still wasn’t ready to reflect on the experience. Then, during the summer of 2007, the floodgates opened and the work just poured out. All these pieces were created between September 2007 and January 2008.