The Walter Art Gallery will present “From Darkness to Light,” an exhibit of cancer treatment radiation masks transformed into artistic sculptures using custom-mesh masks that were molded to faces of cancer patients during radiation treatment of the head and neck.
“From Darkness to Light” opens with a reception, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., on Jan. 21; and runs through Feb. 18, with a closing reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. that evening, according to a press release.
These masks, which held the patients’ heads and bodies still for treatment, were reworked by local artists and “made into symbols of resolve and endurance in the face of adversity,” stated the release.
Describing masks of Wonder Woman, a Harvest Warrior, those honoring "prayer, the act of pushing through, light, and the path of healing," each mask is said to honor an individual’s efforts to heal one’s body and the challenges faced by all cancer patients.
The exhibit was organized by the Cancer Support Community of Arizona, a local non-profit that provides free services to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. Services include support groups, social activities, mind/body therapies, nutritional counseling, and educational seminars among others.
Guests are asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Additionally, small groups and individuals are welcome to visit the gallery by appointment at 6425 E. Thomas Road, noted the release.
Photos of masks and information about the artists/patients who inspired them are found at: cscaz.org/radiationmaskartexhibit.
For more information about The Walter Art Gallery visit: walter-art.com.
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