Fighting cancer with art

Fighting cancer with art
The fund-raising exhibition for Juliana Yasin (left) is organised by her close friend Yvonne Lee (right).

The visual arts community here has rallied around one of their own, Juliana Yasin, in her battle against cervical cancer. More than 40 artists have contributed works to Artists For Artist, a fund-raising exhibition for the 43-year- old who does paintings, installations and performance art.

She was diagnosed with the cancer five years ago and recently had a relapse of the disease.

The group show opens at Utterly Art on March 31 and features works from prominent artists such as Tang Da Wu, Amanda Heng and Lim Shing Ee.

The pieces are priced between $300 and $2,000, and all of the proceeds will be used to fund Juliana's medical treatment.

The show is organised by Juliana's close friend and former director of the now-defunct art collective Plastique Kinetic Worms, Yvonne Lee, 42. She hopes the exhibition will raise enough money to cover the cost of the artist's operation, which is more than $30,000, as well as tide her over until she is back on her feet.

Juliana was diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer in 2009 and, after treatment, fought it into remission.

However, 11/2 months ago, she went to the doctor with back pains and tests found that the cancer had returned and spread to other organs.

Last month, she underwent a 14-hour operation to remove her cancerous uterus, bladder and rectum, and was discharged from hospital two weeks ago after a 51-day stay.

"It has affected me a lot because after the operation, my body's changed and I have to get used to how to live," says the artist. Now, she has two stoma bags attached to her body to collect waste, which she has to change every five to seven days.

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