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Hope Chests: It’s What’s Inside

Earlier this year I participated in Hope Chests: It’s What’s Inside, a collaboration between women with BRCA mutations (hereditary breast cancer) and Phoenix artists. I received the bust of Lisa Counts Edwards, and her daughter to paint. I had never met Lisa before I created my art piece, but had recently lost my Aunt to cancer so I felt very strongly about the project. I covered the two busts with three-dimensional photographs of the Schwarzkopf plant backed with cellular images of the BRCA breast cancer mutation to show how cancer has the power to invade, hide and destroy. At the opening of the exhibit I met Lisa Counts Edwards and she told me I perfectly captured her with the piece. It was probably the most rewarding experience I have ever had with my art, I can’t even describe how good it made me feel. Since the initial opening exhibition the Hope Chests have traveled around Phoenix and are currently being sold to benefit FORCE. The Hope Chest I created for Lisa Counts Edwards was the first to sell, it received $2000 and was sponsored during the tour for $500. Artists are asked all the time to donate their work or participate in projects where they are unpaid. I have lots of mixed feelings about this but every once in a while a project comes along where the experience is reward enough.

Following is the entire Hope Chest collection. The artists who participated in the project are: Monica Aissa Martinez, Idakatherine Graver, Kate Timmerman, Rachel Householder, Sandi Long, Karolina Sussland, Carolyn Lavender, Gene Sander, Denise Yaghmourian and Lisa Marie Sipe. Click here to see photos from the opening night.

To find out where you can see the Hope Chests or if  you are interested in purchasing a piece please contact Rachel Householder at 602.705.9636.

Hope Chest: It's What's Inside and Lisa Counts Edwards
Lisa Counts Edwards with her Hope Chest painted by Lisa Marie Sipe (photo courtesy of Rachel Householder)

Hope Chest: Artist Lisa Marie Sipe
Hope Chest by artist Lisa Marie Sipe

Hope Chest by artist Denise Yaghmourian
Hope Chest by artist Denise Yaghmourian

Hope Chest by artist Gene Sander
Hope Chest by artist Gene Sander

Hope Chest by artist Carolyn Lavender
Hope Chest by artist Carolyn Lavender

Hope Chest by artist Karolina Sussland
Hope Chest by artist Karolina Sussland

Hope Chest by artist Karolina Sussland
Interior detail of Hope Chest by artist Karolina Sussland

Hope Chest by artist Sandi Long
Hope Chest by artist Sandi Long

Hope Chest by artist Sandi Long
Back detail of Hope Chest by artist Sandi Long

Hope Chest by artist Rachel Householder
Hope Chest by artist Rachel Householder

Hope Chest by artist Rachel Householder
Back of Hope Chest by artist Rachel Householder

Hope Chest by artist Kate Timmerman
Hope Chest by artist Kate Timmerman

Hope Chest by Idakatherine Graver
Hope Chest by Idakatherine Graver

Hope Chest by Idakatherine Graver
Back of Hope Chest by Idakatherine Graver

Hope Chest by artist Monica Aissa Martinez
Hope Chest by artist Monica Aissa Martinez

Hope Chest by artist Monica Aissa Martinez
Back of Hope Chest by artist Monica Aissa Martinez



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