Behind The Mask

Artist Sonya Binnie

Watercolour

I felt compelled to paint since my cancer diagnosis in May 2013 (invasive lobular). This is my first watercolour.

We cancer survivors have to think positively, we are told, and mostly we do. We are being so strong, we are told, and mostly we are. We smile and put on our brave faces for the public.

We paint on our eyebrows and pencil in where our eyelashes should be. We put blusher on to cover the grey tinge of chemo treatment and we straighten our wigs – like the warriors and survivors that we are.

But sometimes, just sometimes, when we’re on our own or it’s late at night or we’re alone in the car… our masks fall; our smiles slip and the doubts start eating away…”What if it comes back? How long do I have?”

This watercolour hopefully reflects those bleak moments when we’re alone. I wanted it to convey serenity and sadness and the stark reality of what we look like underneath.

It felt appropriate to paint in muted shades of purple and grey to reflect the sombre tone.
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Behind The Mask

Behind The Mask

Artist Sonya Binnie

Watercolour

I felt compelled to paint since my cancer diagnosis in May 2013 (invasive lobular). This is my first watercolour.

We cancer survivors have to think positively, we are told, and mostly we do. We are being so strong, we are told, and mostly we are. We smile and put on our brave faces for the public.

We paint on our eyebrows and pencil in where our eyelashes should be. We put blusher on to cover the grey tinge of chemo treatment and we straighten our wigs – like the warriors and survivors that we are.

But sometimes, just sometimes, when we’re on our own or it’s late at night or we’re alone in the car… our masks fall; our smiles slip and the doubts start eating away…”What if it comes back? How long do I have?”

This watercolour hopefully reflects those bleak moments when we’re alone. I wanted it to convey serenity and sadness and the stark reality of what we look like underneath.

It felt appropriate to paint in muted shades of purple and grey to reflect the sombre tone.
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