Courtney Adair Johnson
Fundraiser for Head and Neck Cancer
This project touched me on two very personal levels. One I am a former cancer patient and two I whole heartily support reuse, so the use of a discarded plastic mask used in radiation treatment for head and neck cancer was exciting for me.
I wanted to change it, create more of a sculpture, something far away from what it once was. I wanted to transform it, using the material given, just like we want to change the cancer cells in us. I cut, twisted, manipulated and reattached pieces looking for the form. Cancer is not pretty though and not simple or even compliant.
Things don’t always turn out as you plan. I cut and folded, I attached, checking angles. Always trying to remove the identity of the piece but not being able to quite move away from the creature of it. I still feel like it is a mask but altered. A little tougher and more jagged, not as vulnerable.