- By: Suneeta Kochhar
La Maladie is a unique exhibition that is currently part of a rotating series at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. The present exhibition features the work of Betsy Stirratt.
This exhibition includes oil and gold leaf paintings as well as brilliantly evocative photographs and collages. La Maladie charts Stirratt's fight against breast cancer from diagnosis to after mastectomy. The artist's vulnerability is beautifully depicted in a series of black and white photographs that rely heavily on perspective and shadow. The photographs show the physical effect of malignancy on the artist's body. Stirratt's husband, who works as a photographer, took the photographs throughout the course of her illness and treatment. The photographs show the emotion of artist and husband throughout the process.
Paintings and collages focus on the working of the human body and emphasise underlying illness. This was achieved by outlining the human body and depicting sections