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Ellen Driscoll chronicles her recovery from a brain tumor in audio and self-portraits

ViVA Artist Ellen Driscoll has completed a compendium of audio recordings completed during her recovery from a brain tumor between November 2018 and May 2020, and 16 self-portraits that correspond. She was in therapy every week for dizziness and her vision was altered by the treatment. The eye chart used in one portrait reads: “Looking for balance in seesaw days each step doubled down the far horizon line in constant oscillation under ever changing skies.” In her final recording, she described her treatment and ongoing recovery, noting her sensation of “sloshing around;” a metaphor used to link her experience to the shifting magnetic north pole. If you happen to be in the Cape Cod area, Ellen’s work will be on view at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (MA), opening October 8.


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