Alumna shares personal battles through art exhibit

St. Edward’s alumni Lynne Bowman Cravens recently showcased an exhibition entitled Lamella in the Fine Arts Gallery from August 11 to September 8. The exhibition was a collection of some of her latest works from the past two years. Cravens’ art has slowly transformed over time to reflect her personal life, ranging from her marriage to her fight with cancer to losing her father to cancer.

Lynne grew up in an artistic household as her mom was a painter. She always wanted to do something in the arts, but it took a while for her to figure out which medium would work best for her.

Eventually, Cravens’ got her hands on a camera and realized that photography would be her medium.

Some of Lynne’s most personal work stems from her battle with cancer as Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma was created after her battle.

Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma is a hanging display that shows an “x-ray” of her cancer cells before they were removed. The sequence of fabrics behind the initial image show the cancer cells being slowly removed, piece by piece before they are completely gone.

Two of the most interesting pieces in the gallery were her works, Scrutinize and Hair.

According to Cravens, Scrutinize was created as a response to many people’s invasive questions after she got engaged with her now husband. People constantly questioned her their expectations of new marriage to the point where it became overbearing. Scrutinize was created to reflect those emotions.

Hair is an interesting piece that focuses on her hair, which according to Cravens, “has always been one of [her] distinct physical features [which she] formulated [her own] personal identity around”. Cravens’ lost all of her hair when she had cancer and had to “rediscover” herself without it.

These two pieces are just a portion of what there was to experience at her Lamella exhibition.