Hidden Agenda

Hidden Agenda

by Carol Chase Bjerke




Hidden Agenda documents Carol Chase Bjerke’s large-scale multifaceted art project about living with an ostomy after treatment for colorectal cancer. An ostomy is a surgical reconfiguration of the intestine to create an opening in the abdominal wall through which body wastes pass. Addressing quality-of-life issues ranging from questions of identity and privacy to specifics of management and self-care, this book is about relentlessness and repetition and time measured in medical supplies. Bjerke conveys vast amounts of information and provides an entree into long-overdue discussions about what many would designate as a crude and outdated medical procedure that is still used as state-of-the-art treatment for a variety of gastrointestinal diseases. Intensely personal yet tastefully, thoughtfully, and beautifully wrought, Bjerke’s artwork not only provides one woman’s story about living with an ostomy but also serves as inspiration, affirmation, and support for patients, family members, artists, and everyone interested in the healing power of creativity.

Finalist, MIPA Midwest Book Award for Health, Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981562001
Publisher: Borderland Books
Publication date: 10/22/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Carol Chase Bjerke has been a self-employed artist and teacher since 1976 and is currently an instructor of book arts and photography at the University of Wisconsin School of the Arts at Rhinelander and the Center for Photography at Madison. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous private and public collections, including the Kohler Art Library in Madison, the Special Collections in the Golda Meir Library at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

    ARTiculating the Unspeakable
    Life Boat/Life Savor

Hidden Agenda
    Net Loss
    Self Portraits
    Privacy Screens
    Identity and Privacy
    Intimate Apparel
    Reality Check
    Misfortune Cookies
    Stoma Wall
    Rose-Colored Glasses
    Companion Pieces
    Subsequent Misfortunes
    Ariadne's Gift
    Book of Days
    List of Works
    Data and References

    Industry and Research
    Recurrence: Cancer and the Medical System that Saves Us from It
    Quality of Life
    Search for Venues


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