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Interrupted by cancer
2007-8
1094 x 785 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper





A winter picture, presenting an intricate account of a section of hedgerow in a quiet country lane, it carries a far more personal layer of meaning than Nicholson had originally envisaged. In April 2007, two months after she had begun to draw the piece, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The treatment included chemotherapy and a masectomy. When her health had sufficiently recovered, she returned to the site and found that the hedge had been savaged as a result of cutting by a mechanical flail. Individual branches had either disappeared or had been torn almost beyond recognition, and disease had invaded healthy tissue. The drawing was completed in early spring before the surviving hazel came into leaf and before the nettles, shining cranesbill and other plants within the hedgerow grew up to engulf its wounds and disfigurements.


2 of 5

Interrupted by cancer
2007-8
1094 x 785 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper


3 of 5

Interrupted by cancer
2007-8
1094 x 785 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper


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Interrupted by cancer
2007-8
1094 x 785 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper


5 of 5

Interrupted by cancer
2007-8
1094 x 785 mms
pen-and-ink on watercolour paper