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Anne Frost

Age Group (If you are a caregiver/family member please check Caregiver/Family Member)
Adult: 21 and over

Describe your art here - type of art, techniques and materials used, what your art represents and what it means to you.
The piece I chose for this competition is a sculpture that, like me, has been through radical changes. I sculpted it of clay when my youngest daughter was twelve and my oldest daughter kept it for years until it broke and she gave me the box of pieces. All I need to think about was a broken head, so I joined the pieces with glue. And like the Japanese Kintsugi, which I find so lovely a concept; that to rebind a broken pottery vessel and fill the cracks with gold to emphasize something, not discarded, but appreciated for its essence and “life” as seen in its history evident by the cracks. The reverence, and respect is evident in the precious metal and care taken to preserve it. As I worked on repairing this representation of my child, I had many thoughts connecting it to the process of putting myself and my broken head back together. It was moving to think with reverence of the damage being seen as having value and being whole in spite of hurts.

Please include your age, tumor type and date of diagnosis (patients & survivors only) and let us know how art has impacted your life.
I am Anne Frost, a 69 year-old two time Brain Tumor survivor who has lived eighteen years since the first tumor was found and operated on in April of 2003. I was lucky, it was not malignant but a goose egg size meningioma between the Cerebellum and Medula Oblongata. It took two operations back-to-back and part of the tumor had to be left because it was entangled with an artery, but it was much smaller. Gamma Knife radiation shrunk it further and it has not grown since. The recovery took a while but I was able to go back to work at the start of the next school year. My balance is a continuing problem that I have to work on through exercise and staying relatively fit. The second tumor was a Pituitary one that we found on an MRI I had done to check the ear that was giving me trouble. That was good fortune again. We watched it and when it became a Macro-Adenoma we operated. What a difference in operation experiences! It was done nasally and I was allowed to go home the next day, as opposed to the eighteen day stay in ICU for the first one! I am retired now so going back to normal was no problem.
My background is in art, has always been art. Art is in living for me, everything is a design of someone’s or something. It was how I learned from my mother and Grand-mother, who was an artist. They showed me the art of Japanese flower arranging when I was young and showed me the elements and principles of composition and how to create. I was frequently shown the graceful lines of a tree branch and the colors of mountains in the distance. An appreciation for beauty and nature and the discipline of observation were their gift to me. So love and art are bound together in my mind. I felt so fortunate to be able to share my passion for art through my job teaching, which I did for 34 years.


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