In this artwork, artist Eriberto Oriol captured the intense emotions that I was going through at the time when I found out that I had breast cancer. Nothing prepares one for moments like these.
This was back in August 1994. I kept asking myself questions like, “What did I do to get this cancer? What do I do now? Why me?”
I remembered a therapist saying to me, “Angelica get a hold of yourself, the fear of cancer will kill you sooner than cancer.” I said to myself, “That is easy for her to say.” But she was right.
They say that some of the most powerful works of art emerge from an artist’s darkest moments. In this piece, you can see the strength in Eriberto’s art.
He was able to capture the intensity of emotions and sheer determination to live in those eyes – all my emotions are on and running!
In much of Eriberto’s work, it is in his characters that seem to reflect haunting moments of human life that resonate the fears and emotions most experience.
His work also shows the strength, tenacity, and integrity of his character as a human being and as an artist.
Photo and text by Angelica
Artwork mixed media by Eriberto Oriol
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