Artist Profile: Serious illness gives wings to career for artist

A profile of printmaker Emily Drew Mash and her cathartic immersion in her work during her struggle with cancer.

On a print of the etched outline of feathers, artist Emily Drew Mash applies the image of wings in a deep-blue watercolor paint.

A striking piece, the black ink of the print and its variations along the paper make it feel worn and weathered, almost an antique. The blue wings hold our gaze, suggesting hope and promise.

Without knowing the artist, you wouldn’t realize that she created this artwork during the most difficult time in her life, and yet you can feel the depth and spirituality behind it.

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