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Sharon Sisken
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Nancer LeMoins

    The doctors sent Barry home to die. They told him that he had about a week left. His friends and later his family gathered at his bedside for those final moments of clarity and connection. I spent six very intense days with him. On the evening of the sixth day I left, telling him that I loved him and wishing him a goodnight.

    That night, at my home, I was awakened by a voice in my bedroom. After a while I recognized it as Barry's. He was laughing and giving me the feeling that he was doing well. I looked at my clock--3:00am, so I decided to go back to sleep. At 6:00am my telephone rang. It was Paul, who told me "Barry died last night, I was right here with him." I asked if he remembered what time he died. Paul replied, "3:00am."

Sharon Siskin 'Another (Un)Explained Occurrence' 1995. x-rays, mirror, wood, beeswax, acrylic, glass, hair, fingernails, teeth

Sharon Sisken
"Another (Un)Explained Occurrence" 1995.
x-rays, mirror, wood, beeswax, acrylic,
glass, hair, fingernails, teeth
Nancer LeMoins 'What Do You See?' 1996 mixed media

Nancer LeMoins
"What Do You See?" 1996
mixed media

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    I created this piece to honor and remember the young man in the portrait, David. It felt as though he fought and fought to live, even when his body had pretty much given up. His soul seemed to know that there was something he needed to work out before dying, and the last few weeks of his life were especially difficult.

    When he finally let go and died it was sort of hard to understand exactly where he was. The photograph in this piece was taken twenty minutes after David died. I just kept looking at him, trying to see him here, and I knew finally that he wasn't a part of that body any longer. I wanted to show that he had gone into the light-- that his soul was still very much alive. I ask the question "what do you see when you look at me?" to make viewers think about how they see death, especially the passing of someone so young and so battle-weary.

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