Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2018 Marissa A. Schow
Art has the power to bring together communities of people who have suffered from traumatic experiences, and allow them to heal, and overall dismantles the stigma associated with it. My work delves into the emotional side of living with pediatric cancer from the child’s perspective, particularly my own experiences as a brainstem tumor survivor, and the overall concerns of fragility. This paper explores these perspectives that are severely lacking throughout studies, while also taking a closer look at how artists, such as Frida Kahlo and Jamie Bates Slone, have used art to reflect on and express emotions concerning personal traumas. My thesis project demonstrates how art, or in my case clay, can emphasize the resiliency of young children in overcoming pediatric cancer, and fosters a greater understanding, by focusing on the hopeful side of the diagnosis, in those who may only recognize fragility.
Schow, Marissa, "Pieces: A Critical Look at Life with Pediatric Cancer Through Clay" (2018). Scripps Senior Theses. 1219.
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