Crediton Arts Centre is hosting an exhibition of the late Molly Mackay’s beautiful colourful prints in the Art Room. Do ring to make an appointment to view on 01363 773260.
These prints were inspired by her journey over the last four years struggling with breast cancer, joining with community and experiencing the healing power of nature.
In Molly’s own words:
A Walk For Life
The artists’ walk at West Town Farm has resulted in me undertaking some printmaking relating to my experience of secondary breast cancer. The prints are not technically good, they represent a start in learning this method of mark making and I do not have any other art training. What is important about them for me is the opportunity to be creative and consider healing processes beyond the medical model.
Secondary breast cancer can affect any one of us. A group of women who I know in this position do not in any way fit the stereotype of those vulnerable to the development of cancer. They are young as well as growing older, fit, healthy living women. The group images represent the links between us and ask the question ‘why me?’
Current thinking advises that during chemotherapy treatment exercise is a good thing. Walking in the countryside has always been important to me, now more than ever I need to be amongst nature, and the last group in the series of prints reflects the healing power of nature.
Here are some images of her prints:
Molly Mackay 1955 – 2015
Molly lived most of her adult life in Devon, and lived in Shobrooke before moving to Dean Street in Crediton in 2003.
She loved the countryside and it was in this environment, especially the moor, where she enjoyed being with friends, walking, riding, talking, laughing and sharing food. She also had a strong sense of independence and adventure and it was this that took her travelling, with friends but also on her own, to discover new places and explore new cultures.
Molly strongly believed in the ability of people to realise their full potential and worked throughout her life in supporting them to do so; initially at The Richmond Fellowship in Exeter and then as an approved social worker with the Community Mental Health Team in Exeter and North Devon before retraining to become a cognitive behavioural therapist working with the Depression and Anxiety Service in North Devon.
Molly was also a supporter of all things local and was involved in the community book shop in Crediton as well as supporting local dramatic events helping to make costumes and scenery. She had a superb sense of colour and style and used this to make her home and garden into an oasis of beauty, colour and serenity as well as developing and honing her creative skills through the media of textiles and print making.
Molly had a large network of friends who loved her dearly and she is missed by them all; she was buried in Shobrooke Church cemetery on Monday 30 March 2015.