Local Artist Featured On Cbs Sunday Morning

The broadcast, entitled "From Espionage to Art," presented a profile of Magnan, his wife Mary, and his sculptures. Correspondent Anthony Mason focused on what people undertake after retirement, specifically his transition from government to art, and the cancer exhibit the Magnans created after Mary?s ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Dartmouth, MA—Artist and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth MFA graduate John Magnan was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, this past Sunday, October 12, 2003 during the 9:00-10:30 a.m. program. 

The broadcast, entitled “From Espionage to Art,” presented a profile of Magnan, his wife Mary, and his sculptures. Correspondent Anthony Mason focused on what people undertake after retirement, specifically his transition from government to art, and the cancer exhibit the Magnans created after Mary’s ovarian cancer diagnosis. 

Powerfully affected by the total surprise of her diagnosis and the ordeal of surgery and treatment, Magnan responded with an unblinking artistic look at the experience of dealing with cancer. With the support of Massachusetts General Hospital, his initial work developed and grew into body image | body essence, a visual vocabulary for ovarian cancer awareness. 

Using recurrent imagery of hair loss, Magnan explores the conflict between "who I am" and "what I look like" faced by women with ovarian cancer after its invasive surgery and follow-up treatments. His work also addresses other aspects of changed self-image, both somber and lighthearted. Solemn issues of scarring, fatigue and fertility can be found in some pieces, but so can explorations of "chemo brain," or hair that refuses to grow back the same as before. 

John Magnan studied sculpture at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore and received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. A lifelong woodworker, he retired from a program management career to pursue a second career in art. 

For more information about John Magnan’s work, visit www.johnmagnan.com. 


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