“Dear Diary...” art exhibition about one woman’s battle with cancer moves to Clonmel arts centre next week

“Dear Diary...” art exhibition about one woman’s battle with cancer moves to Clonmel arts centre next week

Noeleen Dohery, Linda Fahy of the Tudor Artian Hub, Limerick Institute of Technology lecturer Marie Walsh and artist Sheila Wood at the Dear Diary .... art installation launch in Carrick-on-Suir.

An art installation depicting one woman's journey from being diagnosed with cancer to recovery is on display in Carrick-on-Suir's Tudor Artisan Hub until tomorrow Saturday (October 13) and moves to South Tipp Arts Centre in Clonmel on Monday. 

The "Dear Diary..." art installation originated with Clonmel based Limerick Institute of Technology lecturer Marie Walsh's research work with women in remission from cancer for the last three years. 

She said one of the participants in the research unexpectedly arrived with a diary telling the story of her year and a half journey from cancer diagnosis to recovery. 

Local artist Sheila Wood has transformed the significant moments of her journey into an art installation using watercolours and mixed media, 

 The exhibition was officially launched in the Tudor Artisan Hub on Friday, October 5.

Sheila Wood spoke of how she saw the journey as a voyage from darkness to light.  One of the materials she used were some silks from her mother, which she unthreaded and integrated into a number of the art pieces, as if the experience of cancer itself is an experience of unravelling. Noeleen Doherty read handpicked excerpts of her diaries, which were the basis for the art installation.    And Marie Walsh shared what women have to say about how they recovered from cancer.

The" Dear Diary…" installation will be exhibited at South Tipp Arts Centre in Clonmel from October 15 to 31. Another official launch will take place there on Thursday, October 18 at 6pm.  All are welcome.