After multiple trials and experiments I finally have my prototype (or as one of my students called it... my proto-tit) for my One in Eight installation project! As I've said before, 2015 is the year of the breast as it seems two out of three of myart series relates to women's breasts. One in Eight is my artistic response to my mother being diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
It is estimated that one out of eight women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. This installation will consist of 160 latex balloons, painted to look like a woman's breast removed from the body. The construction of these breasts takes its inspiration from the flour filled balloon stress balls. The majority of the breasts will be filled with flour while a percentage (20 of the 160) will be filled with either black pepper and flour, to symbolize the women who have the cancer but show no signs of it, or flour and a marble, the marble representing the lump that millions of women check for on a monthly bases; Twenty of one hundred and sixty or One in Eight. Once filled the opening of the balloon will be cut off and the balloons will be sewn shut.
This installation will also be an interactive piece where the viewer will have an opportunity to hold, squeeze and or check for the cancer if they so wish. As they move through the exhibition room and the individual pieces it will feel almost like a game but the reality is anything but... On the wall will be a text panel in vinyl letters explaining the significance of the piece and what is actually inside each breast. The installation is slated for exhibition in the Rude gallery on the campus of Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, October 2016 (October is breast cancer awareness month.)
This installation is a homage to my mother who is, I'm extremely happy to say, is a breast cancer survivor. She is a woman I respect, look up to and admire greatly for her strength and courage. I can't imagine my life without her in it! And so... I dedicate this work of art which is still a work in progress to my mom.