A burst of hope:

editing the brca gene

An immersive collage of paintings are interwoven with scientific renderings and a provocative, intergenerational narrative that explores one family’s challenges with overcoming their genetic disposition for the BRCA-Gene.  Drawing inspiration from Ellen Sandor and (art)n’s recent collaboration with Jennifer Doudna, who along with Emmanuelle Carpenter was awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of CRISPR, this short film confounds viewers through a journey of strength, hope and beauty.   

As heroines of STEM, Doudna and Carpenter became the sixth and seventh women to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their breakthrough genetics research.  As described by Doudna, CRISPR is used as a gene editing tool to cut DNA at precise places within a cell to replace/repair sequences that may be causing a disease, including autism and cancer.  It is hopeful that it can be used to heal patients diagnosed with the BRCA-Gene, increasing mortality rates and potentially reversing women’s family DNA inheritance to break women free from the cycle of this threatening disease.  

As visual artist and curator, Caren Helene Rudman underwent life-saving surgeries as a result of her inherited affliction with the BRCA-Gene. She created an ethereal portfolio capturing her process of grieving, releasing her experience of living under the cloud of hereditary cancers, to inspire other women’s healing journeys through artistic expression.  The juxtaposition of her paintings with the scientific sculptural renderings of CRISPR create a pathway towards recovery that merges art with science. 

PHSCologram sculpture, 2D game, and virtual reality coming soon.