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13:00 5 October - 17:00 30 October 2010

Leaves of Grass: exhibition by Sherry Doyal


UCL Petrie Museum (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

An exhibition reflecting on the ephemeral of burial in Ancient Egypt. Sherry Doyal’s framed botanic works draw on the flower garlands and leaves and the basket coffins of coiled flowers found with mummies in Egyptian tombs. Doyal was first inspired by the beds of Osiris at the Cairo Museum, life size wooden frames in outline of the god, planted with grass, which grows to 10 inches in height, symbols of the change from the inert seed to the living. These works powerfully respond to the fragility of life/death and reflect the artist’s own journey in breast cancer recovery. The exhibit is scheduled for breast cancer awareness month, October, and proceeds benefit the National Caner Institute. Carcinoma of the breast is the most prevalent cancer among Egyptian women and constitutes 29% of National Cancer Institute cases. Median age at diagnosis is one decade younger than in countries of Europe and North American and most patients are pre-menopausal.


Debbie Challis
+44 (0)20 7679 4138 | d.challis@ucl.ac.uk


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Leaves of Grass