Christina Paniccia & Tammy Campbell

The Story
Tammy Campbell smiling and holding a large uncut gemstone
Christina Paniccia
Chicago, Illinois
Breast Cancer Survivor
Twist on Cancer: I am honored to be a part of this year's Brushes with Cancer program. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2015. I went through extensive treatment and never looked back. I honestly don’t think I took the time to heal emotionally. Life went on and I pushed forward. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer in 2021, I truly felt the impact it had on our entire family. My dad was an incredible artist. I ventured into this program with the hopes of sharing this experience with him. Unfortunately, life had other plans.

I’m participating in this year's Brushes with Cancer program to honor my father, but to also honor my own healing. Through working with Tammy Campbell, my paired Artist, I felt the complexities of cancer unraveling and presenting themselves in different ways. To be able to reflect on life, love and loss has been the greatest gift from this program. The journey of creating art together is to explore the journey of life. Looking at a snapshot in time and realizing that we’re not alone no matter what we are going through.
Tammy Campbell Headshot
Tammy Campbell
"Transformative Shine"
Mixed Media
7 piece glass panel 69 x 112
Ink, Resin, Golden Thread, Acrylic, Painted Glass Pieces, and Gemstones on Tempered Glass
Gemstones: fluorite, green calcite, black calcite, yellow calcite, red calcite, cobaltoan calcite, zeolite, druzy, sodalite, blue topaz, jasper, labradorite, golden apatite, pyrite, Mica, amethyst, smokey quartz, quartz, rose quartz, citrine, moon stone, tourmaline, obsidian peacock ore, fuchsite, amazonite, heated citrine facets, argonite, blue barite, angel aura quartz, rainbow moonstone, hematite, tektite, zebra jasper, malachite, emerald

Artist Statement: This three part body was inspired by love, loss, and the battle with disease. In working with my beautiful inspiration, Christina Paniccia, all three works were born and reflect her personal journey with Cancer by also pays tribute to the lives lost during the Covid-19 Pandemic The first pieces, the seven piece glass panel series entitled, "Transformative Shine, " was inspired by a beautiful journey and was created to relate to all people by telling the story of grief and loss as each of the seven glass panels is uniquely influenced by the seven stages of grief and loss and the continuous ups and downs of moving throughout. As cancer is the key foundation of resilience in this work, change is the thread that guides our life journey and unites and ties us together in the most intricate and meaningful ways through our connection. This representation can be seen by the golden thread that floats through each panel. We live, we love, we fight, we win, we lose - its all a unique and unexpected pathway that each and every soul in this world has the opportunity to transcend through. For some its been a personal journey, for others its been the support rock to their loved ones, and for others its transition through loss of a loved one - but for all its about owning your true authentic story to take the broken pieces and continue to find the strength to build something new within yourself and live each day to the fullest (representation of day and night in the second and third panel, as well as shooting starts to inspire to chase your wildest dreams). When you come to this acceptance over time a dark empty place will always remain and a remembrance and honor of what once was will always remain. For those who are able to find the new light within themselves a transformative shine is born, rebirthing hope and once again finding happiness and a true appreciation for life to be found once again - in faith, hope, and love.

Christina chose unique gemstones that emulated her personal thoughts and feelings associated with the scientific healing properties of each stone before she smashed the stones as a metaphor to release all holding her back and focus on positive thoughts and intentions. These beautiful pieces of stones are placed uniquely throughout the work and bring a glimmer of Christina's true beauty of authenticity and strength by her own hands touch and in the hopes to inspire all who look to this piece to APPRECIATE WHO YOU ARE, ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR STRENGTH, AND KEEP GOING.