MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street in Wilmington
Lower Cape Fear Hospice Award winning artist Claudia Biçen has been transfixed by the question of how we should live. Convinced that the dying would have the answer, she spent two years visiting hospices around the country, meeting people and interviewing them about their lives, reflections, regrets and lessons.
Join us as Claudia shares how she observed “a profound paradox: in talking with me about dying, these people taught me how to live more meaningfully and more intensely.” Using the text from more than fifty hours of interviews, she transcribed her subjects’ words onto their clothing in nine life-size graphite pencil portraits and created a three-minute audio edit of each person’s interview to accompany them.
Her work has been selected for a number of exhibitions including The Outwin: Portraiture Today at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries in London and the Pastel Society of America at the National Arts Club in New York where she was awarded the Herman Margulies Award for Excellence.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care and comfort to patients with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community.