When I try and find subject matter for an “Untapped Art” blog I find some crazy stuff. This week’s topic isn’t crazy, however.
It is real. It is authentic. It is touching.
I stumbled upon an artist named Katherine Mason who does something simply amazing and unique. Katherine uses lipstick donated by breast cancer survivors and families of loved ones lost to create her amazingly unique pieces.
That seems pretty unique but that isn’t all.
She also uses her lipstick art as a way to raise money that is donated towards finding a cure for breast cancer. Despite making art, that isn’t her main goal.
Katherine states, “I don’t want to leave behind pretty pictures, I want to leave behind impact, I want to help other people.”
There are many different ways to use lipstick in art. Like Katherine, one can use it as “paint” or like you would a crayon or marker.
Another way you could do lipstick art would be to apply the lipstick as you would and “kiss” the canvas.
Another really cool form of lipstick art I found was someone literally creating art on someone’s lips.
Anyone who won a lipstick art competition is definitely worth a mention in a blog showcasing the untapped art form of lipstick art.
Art such as Katherine’s is really important and impactful. 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Statistics have estimated that there will be 281,550 new diagnoses this year alone, with an estimated 43,600 deaths. These numbers average out to a new diagnosis every two minutes here in the United States.
The research money pays off as there is genetic testing which has revealed a mutation in a gene called PALB2.
Actress Shannen Doherty, who is fighting her own battle against breast cancer said, “I feel like I have a responsibility in my more public life, which I separate from my acting life, to talk about cancer and perhaps educate people more and let people know that people with stage 4 are very much alive and very active.”
Like Katherine, Shannen has taken it upon herself to try and make a difference in the lives of those with breast cancer. Here at Her Blaze we also want to shed some light on breast cancer because it particularly hits minority groups, such as Indigenous people much harder.
Indigenous peoples are at higher risk for cancers and other diseases and have worse health outcomes. So as we celebrate lipstick art and shine a light on breast cancer, we also want the focus to be on helping those who are often overlooked and forgotten about!
If you have lipstick art, we would love to see it. We also want to celebrate those you love who have fought or are currently fighting their battle with breast cancer.
Leave a comment and share about your loved ones below!