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The life of Leukemia through my daughter, from pre to post chemo, showing how strong she (and anyone else with cancer) can be.
The life of Leukemia through my daughter, from pre to post chemo, showing how strong she (and anyone else with cancer) can be.
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ArtPrize 2013 (Grand Rapids, Michigan). As a presenter in the forthcoming 2013 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I will be using my photography to tell the story of my daughter's struggle with and her eventual winning of her battle with Leukemia (ALL). Once barely known to us, Grand Rapids quickly became the center of our lives as she underwent treatment over a three-year period. Spending well over a hundred days in the hospital and many hours on the road traveling back and forth to the Devos Children's Hospital, I thought this would be an appropriate venue for the project.

The work is entitled "Strong," and shows the strength one can pull from within one's self when required. The background for the project will be pink fabric formed into a Superman 'S' for "Strong" and "Sarah." The photos will be placed at various points on the 'S.' The first photos will portray Sarah before she was diagnosed with cancer -- in color and printed on a metal backing. The photos will become larger and eventually turn to black and white, printed on canvas, as they move into the chemotherapy part of her journey. Once the chemo is over, the photos will go back to color, printed on metal, and become smaller and smaller. There are two items that Sarah wore during the chemo process - a "turtle shell" used to protect the nine fractures in her spine caused by the ALL, and a hat that she created during the first days in the hospital. These objects will be photographed, placed over the original objects, and sprayed with a shellac to harden them. The finished 3D photos will then be placed in the 'S' curves.

The final product will be hung in the Cafe San Chez from September 16- October 8, 2013. I would like to thank San Chez for making a spot for me to display my project.

Risks and challenges

The risks are few and minimal. Two of the biggest challenges will be:
1) taking photos of the real objects and converting them to realistic 3D objects. I believe if I take the life-size photos and use double-sided tape to attach the photo onto the object, then spray the photo with a form of shellac, the photo, once removed, will retain the real life object's shape.
2) Creating the 'S' out of canvas so it has some depth to it. I believe if I use bendable plastic piping, I can create a form with which to attach the fabric. Once the fabric is attached, holes will be drilled into the piping, allowing the photos to be attached to it instead of a wall - adding another 3D aspect to the work.

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