Sunday, April 22, 2012

Inspiration Behind Create A Cure

There is an organic connection between this cause--the research of treatments and a cure for Cancer--and art. It all centers around the concept of vulnerability.

The really terrifying thing about Cancer is that we are all vulnerable to it because we haven't identified the exact cause of this disease and once it's contracted, we don't know a foolproof way to cure it. There are many stories out there of the sudden, unexpected onset of Cancer that has claimed the life of a loved one.

Whether you're a patient or a loved one of a patient, you have to process the seeming randomness of the disease, all the unknown variables that impact treatment, and being starkly confronted with your own mortality. It takes a lot of bravery to get through that kind of uncertainty.

In a similar way, the act of creating is an inherent act of bravery. You are taking this expression of your raw self and putting it out there for other people to interpret--potentially slaughter--and that's very scary. Maybe that's why artists are so sensitive, because they're always walking around exposed, like so many mounds of metaphysical hamburger meat.  There's something sort of morbid about it, but ultimately it's what makes art so compelling, and it's the reason that I couldn't fathom doing anything to honor my Grandmother, our family's experience with the disease, and the experiences of others without incorporating art.

I hope that this resonates with you.  If it does, please consider being involved in Create A Cure, either through submitting a piece of art for the upcoming Pop-Up Gallery (event info TBD) or by making a donation through the website.

Join us and together, we can create something beautiful!

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