This year, for the first time, The Bodice Project was on display in the Wellness Center during Relay for Life. To support a friend who was going through breast cancer treatment and recovery, artist Cynthia Fraula-Hahn was inspried to create this project in 2014. Frail-Hahn used a process using plaster to cast the torso or her friend suffering and used that as her canvas to begin creating. Shepherdstown-area artists created bodices to participate in this extravagant project.
The Bodice Project case statement says, “Survivors who have been interviewed about this issue have repeatedly mentioned the need to recapture the feeling of joy about their bodies. We have found that those dealing with breast cancer and its aftermath find emotional and spiritual healing when seeing their struggles and triumphs reflected in art. Rather than depicting the scars, and terror of their breast cancer, the artists involved in The Bodice Project have sensitively created works of art that provide comfort, encouragement, and a sense of affinity.”
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