TOKYO-2018 Science / Medicine

A Day With Freud and Others

  • Prize
    Silver in Science/Medicine
  • Photographer
    Lesia Maruschak
  • Photo Date

Inspired by John Baldessari’s assignments, I created my own - ‘watch and wait’. Here I explore the psychological and existential aspects of life with an incurable blood cancer where the standard protocol is ‘watch and wait’. I use a playful yet critical manner to explore this experience. Mythology, fairytales, and hospital imaging are used to explore the perplexing human delusion that we will live forever - one which I woke up from – as does Sleeping Beauty with the kiss of her prince. Shot in Saskatchewan on our family farm and the neighboring cemetery, where I now play and will later rest

LESIA MARUSCHAK is a Canadian artist, whose artwork has been exhibited across the US and internationally. Awards and accolades include being shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Hariban Award, nominated for the 2017 10th International Color Awards, award winner of the 2016 Chelsea International Art Competition Prize Winner, and recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Sovereign Medal. Collections holding her works include the 24 Sussex (Prime Minister of Canada’s Residence), Archives Canada, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Kyiv Museum of History. Lesia Maruschak lives and works in Ottawa.