Chips and Cancer is a visual timeline of my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2020-21 told through a Bayeaux Tapestry scale painting. Measuring 18" x 600", the work depicts the summary of my cancer journey.
In addition to serving as an outlet to process my cancer experience, the work
gives a voice to a journey I felt I walked alone. I was diagnosed at the start of the pandemic which meant attending tests, appointments, and treatments solo. The piece gives friends and family access to my experience since they were not able to attend in person then. Through shared experiences we create deeper connection, greater compassion, and better awareness. My hope is that Chips and Cancer will impress on people the importance of self-exam and advocating for their own health. Cancer is traumatic and uncertain, but open conversation can improve awareness and encourage communities to lean into this uncomfortable yet all too common topic.
The research and creation of this project was funded in part by a microgrant from Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, with the City of Waterloo and the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation. It was also part of CAFKA.23 Biennial, Stay with Me. This project is made possible through the support of the Good Foundation, Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and the Keith and Winifred Shantz fund for the arts held by Waterloo Region Community Foundation.