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Fall 2014 STEAM Drawings

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.0963146. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Ana Chavarro

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Breanna Glisson

Cancer is something that runs deep in the DNA of my family and the females are the major targets. Many of my ancestors have died from breast cancer and or have had their ovaries and female parts removed to prevent cancer from spreading. The pain that we go through when some of us get cancer in or around our female organs is so painful we fall to the floor. He hopes for a cure in the mouse lab testing in hope that our future children can live pain free and life to the fullest.

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Carol Eastwood

My drawingís purpose is to portray some of the known causes of cancer. The man in my drawing is lying back smoking and his chest shows an x-ray. I used charcoal as the medium and utilized value and line in the drawing to draw attention to certain aspects of the composition.

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Charles Stewart

This piece depicts the mental turmoil and clutter of the mind as it attempts to structure itself. Ideas, circumstances and situations writhe within the subconscious merging and transforming. The piece particularly is trying to make sense of the mental workings of a KLF8 researcher in hope of finding an answer for cancer through their works as it mixes with the fecundity of a dream. The goal is to derive answers and solutions from the jumble in order to progress.

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Charles Stewart

This piece depicts the mental turmoil and clutter of the mind as it attempts to structure itself. Ideas, circumstances and situations writhe within the subconscious merging and transforming. The piece particularly is trying to make sense of the mental workings of a KLF8 researcher in hope of finding an answer for cancer through their works as it mixes with the fecundity of a dream. The goal is to derive answers and solutions from the jumble in order to progress.

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Charlotte Barcia

My artwork focuses on a scientifically influenced depiction of a tumor on the pituitary gland of the brain. From left to right the piece transitions from a macroscopic to a microscopic view as the tumor is isolated. The incomplete microscope slide is a reference to the incomplete research on cancer and the need to continue. The reason for selecting this particular subject is due to my personal experience of seeing a family member go through treatment for this type of cancer.

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Chester Bryant

The steam project for cancer research has given me the opportunity to create a mixed media art piece to represent my perception on the information that was given to me. The idea was to show a cancer cell engulfing the body and the blood in the background represents how it travels through the body. I came up with the original idea after seeing the bio-luminescent pictures of the mouse and added some of that influence into the final piece. I also wanted to show the concept of time with this piece as the blood cells come out of the silhouette of the human figure and spiral in the background.

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Daniel List

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Danielle Culibao

My goal for this project was to make a lively drawing that would explore the topic of cancer from several different angles. I decided to create a triptych with a busy composition to portray the chaos that ensues after a cancer diagnosis. The left panel of the triptych depicts different cancer causing agents, which represents life leading up to a cancer diagnosis. On the right panel, I illustrated several lab rats with tumors and test tubes with DNA strands to represent the scientific testing put into motion after cancer was discovered. The focal point of the entire piece is the middle panel on which immortal cells are drawn. The immortal cells form the center around which the rest of the subject matter revolves. Ultimately, I hoped to be successful in making a multi-faceted piece to describe the complexities of this disease.

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Erika Johnson

I chose to create a drawing that incorporates both the cancer in a person and the help to find a cure for the cancer in a rat. From the STEAM discussions, Iíve learned that rats play a big role in helping unravel the cure for cancer and I wanted to show that. In my drawing, I depicted a cancer patient with a rat on their shoulder, looking at each other for hope, survival, and a cure. The skeleton drawing of the human rib cage and rat skull represent the lives lost to cancer, both in human and rats. It also shows that itís a battle for both, trying to fight together for a cure. To complete this drawing, I used charcoal on archival paper. I wanted to include the same materials and skills from my drawing class into this project.

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Hannah Moore

For a woman with Breast cancer there are two possible outcomes; Survival or death. If she survives there is still a high chance that the cancer will return and claim her life. And at what cost has she survived? There are few alternatives; death is not in any way a desired outcome. The seriousness at which this must be taken puts the importance of cancer research into perspective. Cancer research is a matter of Life or Death. In my Steam project I decided to put an emphasis on this perspective, and have portrayed the two possible outcomes for a Breast cancer patient. The portrait to the right portrays death, and the portrait to the left portrays survival at a high cost.

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Hannah Moore

For a woman with Breast cancer there are two possible outcomes; Survival or death. If she survives there is still a high chance that the cancer will return and claim her life. And at what cost has she survived? There are few alternatives; death is not in any way a desired outcome. The seriousness at which this must be taken puts the importance of cancer research into perspective. Cancer research is a matter of Life or Death. In my Steam project I decided to put an emphasis on this perspective, and have portrayed the two possible outcomes for a Breast cancer patient. The portrait to the right portrays death, and the portrait to the left portrays survival at a high cost.

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Kaitlin Springer

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Katherine Harris

This drawing is meant to represent lung cancer and the effect smoking has on the lungs. As the person smokes, the cigarettes that make up the lungs begin to burn down until they are gone, showing the break down of the person's lungs over time. Contour line was executed to develop the outline of the figure without taking away too much attention from the focus of the drawing. Color and detail were used to highlight the focus on the cigarettes that make up the lungs within the figure. While, the black in the lungs was used to represent the deterioration of the person's lungs as they continue to smoke.

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Kristopher Taibl

The piece was inspired by my mother who is currently fighting multiple myeloma. There was a day several years ago, where we were relaxing shortly after a chemotherapy treatment, and I asked how she was feeling. Her response, though seemingly normal given the circumstances, stuck in my mind for some time. She said ďI just feel like a bag of bones.Ē After considering this statement, itís weight and honesty became astounding. As multiple myeloma affects the bone marrow, most of its victims are powerless to their bones fracturing or giving out. As I saw it, despite my mothers physical weakness, she had my father, my sister and myself holding her up through it all, on top of inexplicable forces.

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Lila Villalobos

The design is a straightforward depiction of cancer cells arranged on the page so that they are aesthetically pleasing. The rendition of the cancer cells comes from the images on a scanning electronic microscope. The bright coloring of the cells was also inspired by the microscopic images that are colored for clarity. The care with which each cell is drawn creates a contradiction; to the eye, the cell is appealing. However, in reality, the cell is quite horrible. There is an inconsistency between what is seen and what is known.

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Marchand Venter

Cancer can be a frightening experience that can leave many people frozen in place, blaming them selfís or thinking about why do they deserve this. In this drawing I chose to illustrate two figures in different stages of accepting and then fighting cancer, which is represented as a cancer crab in the drawing. I went to great lengths depicting the plain and form changes in the figure as a contract to the cancer and spear, as cancer and the ways of fighting cancer can take on many different forms and appearances. I also chose to leave the measuring lines in the drawing to help illustrate not only what we learned in our class over this semester but to help further advance the conversation between Art, Mathematics, and Science.

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Michael Mackin

The topic of cancer yields many possibilities both through life experiences and knowledge on the subject, with this I choose to portray brain cancer in the human anatomy as if the subject had this particular type of cancer. The piece represents the silence that is the deadly nature of cancer, the piece portrays the young because the old are not the only ones affected. The focus was to portray a neutral expression on an accurate anatomical structure, to give it the neutral effect is in part to brain cancer being designated the color gray.

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Michelle Rushing

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Samuel Polycarpe

My piece was dedicated to those who lost parts of their body due to cancer. I chose to channel the emotion felt specifically to woman who had to have their breast removed in order to fight the disease. Using knowledge gained from talks and presentations on Cancer and Cancer Treatments. I designed a piece depicting an ambiguously nude woman whose chest has been ripped to shower her inner skeletal figure. Hovering behind her is a cancer cell.

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Sharon Morales

This piece brings the attention to the topic of cancer by showing a representation of what cancer might look like inside of the human body. In this case, the subject is lung cancer, shown by the lungs as the only visible organ with a mass attached. This piece makes the viewer look within the human body, something most of us donít do on a daily basis, at an interpretation of a medical condition.

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Stephanie Stubbe

I chose to create a study drawing based on the concept that mice are used to help find the cure for cancer. Based on the presentation, I was able to grasp the basic knowledge of what a cancer cell would look like and include one in my drawing as well. It also loosely takes the shape of one of the mice to exemplify the fact that the mice need to have the cancer to do the research. I used charcoal on archival paper to complete the drawing.

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