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Art Therapy

Humor and Artistry Define Me

When Deborah Dekoff lost her red hair because of cancer treatment, she received many hats from friends and family. Using her sense of humor, she turned these hats into art by taking fun photographs with them.
February 2021 Vol 7 No 1
Deborah Dekoff
Park City, Utah

These photographs are self-portraits. I am a photographer and educator who was struck by breast cancer. Being depressed about all-things cancer, chemo, and losing my signature red hair, friends and family members began to send me hats. I decided to try a few on, and realized the hats had a personality. For the first time since my diagnosis, I laughed, then marched to my studio and began shooting these images.

Cancer would not define me. Humor and artistry would. Make good art.

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