Jaroslava Lialia Kuchma • Cupping, Etching and aquatint, 2016

The practice of cupping therapy dates back to ancient cultures located in the Middle East, China, and Egypt. The Ebers Papyrus, one of the world’s oldest known medical texts, provides a detailed description of cupping therapies used by the ancient Egyptians as far back as 1500 B.C. While the practice of cupping dates back thousands of years, Western medicine has always held the practice as more superstition than science. The American Cancer Society claims that no scientific evidence exists that supports cupping as a cure for cancer or any other type of disease, and that claims of success using the treatment are mainly anecdotal. However, a 2012 study published in the peer-reviewed science journal PLoS ONE suggested that cupping could offer patients more than just a placebo effect and that the therapy may actually be successful when used in conjuncture with additional treatment methods

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Jaroslava Lialia Kuchma (b. Pidhajchi, Ukraine) lives in Chicago where she received a BFA from Univ. of IL at Champaign and independent courses at SAIC. She studied under Ukrainian master woodworker for over 10 years, and with master of calligraphy Reggie Ezell. Lialia assisted in the ornamentation of the interior of the church of Sts. Volodymyr & Olha in Chicago for over 8 years and collaborated with Irene Antonovych on oral/photographic project documenting Ukrainians in Chicago over an 8 year period. She has been a member and active participant of the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art for over 40 years. Printmaker in the 80’s before turning to tapestry weaving and since then committed to fiber.





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