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Chandler artist creates radiation mask art

February 3rd, 2022 development

Santan Sun News Staff

Chandler artist Laurie Fagen will have a piece of art included in “From Darkness to Light,” an exhibit of cancer treatment radiation masks transformed into artistic sculptures that will be exhibited through Feb. 18 at Walter Art Gallery, 6425 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale.

The display is organized by the Cancer Support Community of Arizona, a local nonprofit that provides free services to cancer patients, their families and caregivers.

After being molded to faces of cancer patients for use during radiation treatment of the head and neck, the 15 custom-mesh masks were then embellished by area artists.

“There is a Wonder Woman mask, a Harvest Warrior mask and masks which honor the path of healing,” explained CSCAZ’s Expressive Arts Coordinator Joy Kockerbeck. “Each mask honors an individual’s great effort to heal their body and every mask also honors the challenges faced by all cancer patients.”

Fagen embellished a mask used by a man with skin cancer caused by the sun to create “Intense Arizona Sun” using fabric, polymer clay and charms.

“I was honored to be invited to take part in this project,” Fagen said. “It was a humbling experience, and made me more dedicated to using sunscreen for myself.”

CSCAZ services include support groups, social activities, mind/body therapies, nutritional counseling, and educational seminars among others. Photos of the masks and information about the artists and patients who inspired them can be found at buff.ly/2LMM7XV.

For details about CSCAZ, cscaz.org and for more about Walter Art Gallery, go to walter-art.com.

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