Mutilation

Copyright 1998 by:
Nem W. Schlecht

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The woman pictured here is Stephanie Byram, a breast cancer and double mastectomy survivor. She participated in several events here at NDSU back in February, which I attended. I knew next to nothing about breast cancer at that time and found it odd that the term "mutilation" was often used to describe what happened to women that suffered from the disease. Stephanie; however, is a very strong and wonderful woman. She has accepted what has happened to her as a part of life. At any rate, this piece is pretty simple, yet still one of my favorites. (See if you can guess how/what the scratches are.) She has her eyes closed (or mainly closed) as a symbol of trying to hide or deny what has happened to her.

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