Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The Department of Art will open an exhibit by artist Ruth Adams titled Unremarkable with an artist talk and reception on Wednesday, Jan. 16, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Main Gallery in the Humanities Building.
Adams, assistant professor of photography at the University of Kentucky, has filled the gallery with photographs depicting her struggle and success with cancer, chemotherapy, radiation and recuperation.
The exhibit takes the viewer on a journey traveled by the artist that includes a physical and spiritual recovery instead of a spiral of illness and despair. Adams was diagnosed in 2002 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“Once the reality of that news sunk in, I decided I had to find a way to document my journey through what I imagined would be the deterioration of my physical and visual health,” said Adams. “At the moment, I am almost eight months out of treatment and there is no sign of cancer cells. I am excited to show the world with this group of images that cancer is no longer a death sentence and that the treatments, although horrible, are survivable.”
There are 350 daily images that span a 13-month period from December 2002 to January 2004. Adams said that the series of photographs documents life not death.
“There are good days and bad days but more than anything else these images are real,” said Adams. “These images show a journey that too many people all over the world are taking every day. What I found after being diagnosed was that there were an incredible number of books about people’s successful cancer journeys but that every time I found a photo essay about cancer it documented the person’s death; this series is about life.”
The Main Gallery is open Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-6521.