The shape of survival |

The shape of survival

Rough and Ready sculptor Audrey Farina didn’t have cancer in mind when she created “Song of Origins: A Continuum,” a cream-colored, orb-like ceramic sculpture.

But people who saw the work elsewhere told Farina it made them feel at peace; it had a healing quality about it.

Farina decided to release it from the confines of her studio and loan it to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s cancer center, where it has been on display on the center’s patio for the past few weeks.

Wobbling, etched lines emerge from the side of the shape and swirl gracefully over the top and into the back of the sculpture. It’s meant to reflect peace, life and growth; Farina calls it her signature piece.

“It’s the piece I’m most proud of at this moment. It’s not a copy, it’s pure Farina,” she said.

Slowed down by her own battle with breast cancer, Farina has returned to sculpting with gusto.

“I … know the trepidation one goes through at a time like this,” Farina said. “If my art can help ease the anxiety a bit, I am pleased.”

The cancer center’s furnished lounge, garden and patio are meant to provide a peaceful environment for cancer patients and their families before, during and after treatments.

Farina’s work stands among a collection at SNMH: The auxiliary places art throughout the buildings, and a portion of proceeds from any art sales go back to the hospital.

For more information about the art program or volunteer opportunities with the SNMH Auxiliary, call the hospital at (530) 274-6000 ask for the auxiliary front desk.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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