Artist Cathy Germay was born with a rare, incurable, genetic disorder called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT), which causes abnormal blood vessel formation in the skin and organs. 15 years ago she underwent surgery to remove part of a lung that contained one of these formations. As a result of that procedure, and the multiple surgeries and procedures that followed, Cathy lives with daily chronic pain.
Her artwork, currently on display in the CHHS second floor art gallery, is autobiographical and explores her experiences living with her disorder, dealing with surgeries and living with chronic pain.
"My artwork is an attempt at making invisible pain, visible," says Germay. "It is my hope, that my paintings will foster a greater understanding of what it's like to live with chronic pain and an incurable illness."
Cathy's artwork will be on display in the CHHS second floor art gallery until spring break - the first week of March.
The gallery is open to the public during normal hours.