Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on November 28, 2011
You have heard of Teresa. Haven’t you? Yes, you have! Last Year, she was able to win the regional prize at our art contest with her beautiful piece, “Peaceful Dusk”. This year, she continues to delight us with a new piece of art, always following her favorite theme, nature, this time under the title “Inner Peace”. And again, the winner!
Now 72 years old, Teresa feels very drawn to the ocean. The symbolical meaning of this is strong. Maybe, the sea represents the Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) she was diagnosed with two years ago. Perhaps, she finds herself in those rocks, firmly holding their ground despite the waves that cover them, sometimes completely, and then leave. The pummeling of the sea intends to wear the rocks away, but they remain impassive. It will not be easy to erode them.
Personally, I can see the link between this metaphor and her message to other patients: “I have been constant with treatment and consider that it is possible to live thanks to it. We have to fight without giving in, despite the temporary problems that may arise.” – If you follow your treatment and stay positive, there is no wave that can wear you down.
Teresa, once a history teacher and now retired, likes to paint during her free time in the apartment in Buenos Aires she shares with her husband. I am hoping to continue seeing the great artworks she creates in the future, and how she interprets them, no less!