Cancer battle inspires collection

Margaret Gill showing her work at Studio53

Margaret Gill showing her work at Studio53

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A SALISBURY artist has used her experience of undergoing treatment for breast cancer as inspiration for a collection that is currently being exhibited in the city.

Margaret Gill was diagnosed with breast cancer four months ago and has since undergone surgery at Salisbury District Hospital and an advanced form of highly targeted radiotherapy at the specialist regional Cancer Partners UK centre in Southampton.

The 69-year-old trained as an artist towards the end of a career working as a psycho-sexual doctor.

“I have a particular interest in the relationship between play, psychology and creativity, and my medical background has left me with an enduring interest in the human body,” she said.

“I enjoy abstract work and the use of colour and my work is often triggered by abstract shapes and interesting natural forms around me.

“The type of radiotherapy I had involved me having scans taken every day before each of my fifteen days of treatment.

“I thought these CT scans could be interesting from an artistic point of view.”

Gill completed thirteen paintings inspired by her treatment journey.

Her work can be seen at Studio53, which is in George Street, Salisbury until Saturday.

Gallery opening times are from 10am until 5pm.

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