Voices & Visions, Ellen Sandor & Caren Helene Rudman

Friday, Aug 5, 2022 – Saturday, Sep 24, 2022

10:00am – 5:00pm

TAC is proud to present our eighth biennial exhibition, Voices & Visions; Standing on the Bridge Between Health and Disease.

The theme expresses how cancer can be a metaphor both literally and symbolically, where we invite artists whose works address the many issues pertaining to cancer, from fear and facing our mortality to finding strength and building community. Whether a survivor, previvor, caregiver, or just someone in someway that has been touched by cancer or the fear of it, we look for art that helps us find meaning and puts into context how pain and suffering can lead to empowerment and healing. In 2022, we are focusing on the need for HOPE!

TAC is excited to partner with Ellen Sandor & (art)n with a collaboration called, “A Burst of Hope”…

“an immersive collage of paintings are interwoven with scientific renderings and a provocative, intergenerational narrative that explores one family’s challenges with overcoming their genetic disposition for the BRCA-Gene.  Drawing inspiration from Ellen Sandor and (art)n’s recent collaboration with Jennifer Doudna, who along with Emmanuelle Carpenter was awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of CRISPR, this short film confounds viewers through a journey of strength, hope and beauty.

As heroines of STEM, Doudna and Carpenter became the sixth and seventh women to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their breakthrough genetics research.  As described by Doudna, CRISPR is used as a gene editing tool to cut DNA at precise places within a cell to replace/repair sequences that may be causing a disease, including autism and cancer.  It is hopeful that it can be used to heal patients diagnosed with the BRCA-Gene, increasing mortality rates and potentially reversing women’s family DNA inheritance to break women free from the cycle of this threatening disease.

As visual artist and curator, Caren Helene Rudman underwent life-saving surgeries as a result of her inherited affliction with the BRCA-Gene. She created an ethereal portfolio capturing her process of grieving, releasing her experience of living under the cloud of hereditary cancers, to inspire other women’s healing journeys through artistic expression.  The juxtaposition of her paintings with the scientific sculptural renderings of CRISPR create a pathway towards recovery that merges art with science.” Ellen Sandor & (art)n

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The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Rd
Highland Park, IL, 60035

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