UMD artists get insparation for art from cancer

By KBJR News 1

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn (NNCNOW.com) -- Two UMD art students are showcasing their work inspired by cancer.

Sara Strother was inspired by her uncle who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in July.

"I saw my family being so positive that I wanted to do something positive as well. So by making a whole body of work that captured their whole really powerful life changing attitude it really helped me cope but also share their really incredible way of being," said Strother, artist of "Uncle V."

Another artist, Michelle Mergens has used different mediums to depict her own experience.

When Mergens was 19 she found a lump in her breast.

The biopsy came back negative for breast cancer, but the thought of it still worried her.

She has used art as a way to let go.

"Ok, this is just needs to be taken away, this needs to just be let go and no longer dwelling on that fear and not bottling it up anymore," said Margens the artist of "Fibroadenoma."

The artists' work is on display at the Tweed Museum of Art Studio Gallery at UMD until Dec. 8.

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