30 Days of Artists: Austin FORCE Shines Spotlight on DNA

Art Bra Artist Austin FORCEThere’s no doubt that genetics play a role in some diagnoses of breast cancer, and these 7 women from Austin FORCE combined their passion and considerable creativity to raise awareness for this devastating genetic component. Austin FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) exists to improve the lives of individuals and families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and every member of the group (men and women alike) is a breast cancer survivor, previvor, and lives with a significantly increased risk of breast/ovarian cancer due to their inherited genetics. This poignant Art Bra creation shines a light on the 10% of breast cancers that are attributed to what is passed down from one generation to the next.

Austin FORCE
“It’s in Our Genes”

This intensely personal and brilliantly conceived piece was created by repurposed denim and other embellishments from previous generations, such as grandmother’s broach, pearls and fringe, to symbolize DNA passed down from generation to generation.

“We chose pink and teal sequins to symbolize breast and ovarian cancer,” says Mary Pritzlaff, a member of the group. “The paisleys represent breast cancer lesions, and the ropes represent strands of DNA and are carefully placed over the breasts and ovaries.”

Art Bra "It's in our Genes"

“It’s In Our Genes” was created in memory of beloved family members who were taken all too soon by hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, and was created specifically for survivor Dena Mynar to model. This stunning piece is a reminder not only of sobering statistics, but also of the hope that comes with increased research and awareness. Learn more about Austin FORCE by visiting their website at www.facingourrisk.org.



All art bras will be auctioned off at BCRC’s signature charity event on June 6, 2015 at the Austin Music Hall. All funds raised goes to support local women affected by breast cancer. To learn more about Art Bra Austin, visit www.artbraaustin.org

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