Gabriella uses creativity to cope with dad’s cancer

Sunderland University student Gabriella Kennedy, whose dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
Sunderland University student Gabriella Kennedy, whose dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
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A university student was inspired by her dad’s bladder cancer diagnosis to do something creative.

Gabriella Kennedy decided to carry out a photography project to help her cope and to encourage others to discuss the difficulty of dealing with cancer when someone close has been diagnosed.

The 21-year-old, who graduated from the University of Sunderland last month, photographed six objects that are significant to the relationship between her and her father by using an electron microscope loaned from the science department.

Gabriella said: “When researching my father’s illness I would come across microscopic images of cancer and other types of cells which I found to be beautiful.

“I decided to photograph items that are significant to mine and my father’s relationship and use them to describe how we look at things differently when we find ourselves in situations like this.

“I made the decision to base my final year project around the diagnosis as it was the only thing I could think about. I knew that it would be a constant strain on my mind and thought I would use it to contribute towards my work, rather than hinder it.”

Gabriella’s work was displayed in the university’s final year Art and Design Degree Show.

She said: “I want people to know that it’s OK to be scared when something terrifying like cancer comes into your life. I didn’t realise that my life would change as much as it has in the past six months.”

Gabriella’s dad is on the road to recovery and she is looking for a space to exhibit her work. Anyone interested should contact her at gabriella.kennedy@hotmail.com