Bearing Witness To Dying

  • Karen Wallis York St John University, UK

Abstract

‘Bearing witness to dying’ is a personal account of how a drawing project, based in sketchbook drawing, which began as a simple exercise in maintaining my drawing practice, shifted in emphasis to become the observation of my husband’s final fight with cancer. As the months passed, it developed into a support system for living with the threat of impending loss, and finally helped me to survive the subsequent bereavement. Unconsciously, I was simultaneously creating a lasting record of precious and painful memories. The drawing practice is juxtaposed against a relationship with social media, which also became important as a support, and contrary to the usual manner of publishing intimate information, managed to reveal the events that were unfolding without ever revealing anything explicit.

Published
2022-04-21
How to Cite
WALLIS, Karen. Bearing Witness To Dying. TRACEY, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 1, p. 1-7, apr. 2022. ISSN 1742-3570. Available at: <https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/TRACEY/article/view/2901>. Date accessed: 18 may 2022.