Exhibit: “Ex-Voto Suscepto”

Ex-Voto Suscepto: Mixed Media Artworks by Viola Moriarty
On exhibit from16 January – 27 February 2009
SVHC Cancer Center in Bennington, Vermont

This exhibit, “Ex-Voto Suscepto,” is a body of work and work-in-progress created during and after diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. The works included in this exhibit are organized into fourteen stations containing mixed media work to comic book in progress along with the contributions of friends and family members. The purpose of the exhibit is three-fold: to process my own experience and assist in my own healing, to make work that will be company for and tribute to those folks who travel through the cancer center each day, and to say thank you to this Life for allowing me to stay alive long enough to be right here, right now. Each work is my prayer of gratitude. Making my projects—whether collages, paintings, mixed media pieces, or poems—soothes me. The process permits me to express emotion and thoughts incongruently, just the way they occur inside me without “normal” reason or sense. It’s powerful and real, overwhelming and subtle, private and public —all at the same time.

Each time my hands are engaged in these works, something is released and I feel closer to who I am. Some of it is ugly and repulsive to me, but I can make it anyway. On the page, like on the canvas and in nature, all things exist together without judgment or rationality. They are just what they are. In that world I have the honesty that I crave. And some peace. That’s why I paint, why I make images with scraps and stuff, and that’s why I write.

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viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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