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Re: The passing of Linda Mc Cartney

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betti longinotti (p-lstudio)
Mon, 20 Apr 1998 22:25:25 -0400

Kirby et al-
You say...what has this got to do with art education? Death is part of
life. Life is part of art. Art is part of art education.
When I read the news today, my own thoughts reflected too on my own
childhood being weaned on the Beatles, and the romance of Paul & Linda.
It was a part of my own play, and where my own imagination began to
emerge. I want to talk to my childhood best friend...we talked the day
John Lennon was killed, although we live miles and states apart since
I thought too today about a good friend and photographer, also in her
early 50's, who died of breast cancer 2 1/2 years ago. I thought of
Linda being a photographer as well, and wondered if there has ever been
a medical pathology research done in connection with breast cancer and
women photographers.
My poor friend Merry, I remember how mad she was when she was denied
into a major juried exhibition of her caliber, as a benefit to breast
cancer, because her self portrait photograph, revealed more of the
tragedy of her disease and the reality of the masectomy than they wanted
to see.
I told my 12 year old daughter today that Linda McCartney died of breast
cancer. She said, "Who?" I reminded her of the two pictures that fell
out of the old photo album she dug out and was looking at this past
weekend, of Paul and John from the White Album (who knows where George
and Ringo are). I told her Linda M. was a photographer at one time and
took those photographs.
I began preparing for a slide lecture today that I am to give Thursday
evening. While looking at my slides, I was reminded of a series of
stained glass autonomous panels that I did 10 years ago of microscopic
pathology cells (from Bowman Gray School of Medicine) of terminal
diseases including Aids, Breast and Lung cancer. The breast cancer made
the prettiest stained glass window and I imagine that there is beauty
inside of everything if you look hard enough. My series though was
entitled, "Microscopic Fear".

In Art & Life,
Betti L.
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