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Researchers Use Collage Encourage Social Support
It’s not often an art magazine gets to report on medical research, but Montreal collage artist Anouk Sugàr was recently written up in the prestigious journal The Lancet Oncology for her work with researchers on a public information campaign about cancer that used collage to convey the message.
Patricia Lobo reported on the work of Astrid Brousselle, a Université de Sherbrooke researcher, who found that social support was critical to people seeking out early cancer screening and treatment. “To spread the message of encouraging loved ones to see a doctor when they suspect symptoms of cancer, Brousselle collaborated with her good friend and visual artist Anouk Sugàr to turn these findings into collages,” wrote Lobo. “But, the initial signs seemed positive: ‘lots of people were taking the postcards, and they were not throwing them away—probably because it was something they found beautiful,’ Brousselle recalls.” The full article can be found in the February 2016 issue of The Lancet Oncology.
J’y vais! (top) and Hésite pas! (bottom) by Anouk Sugàr (collage, 2015) Courtesy of the Chaire de recherche du Canada en Évaluation et Amélioration du système de santé, Sherbrooke University.