I am Judi "JuJu" Blue and I am an impact artist, fiber artist and breast cancer patient/survivor/thriver/advocate who is passionate about my mission: to be a brighter beacon to those in the storm. A practitioner of the art of positive thinking, I know first hand about the mind/body/spirit connection and how our thoughts influence our outcome. I paint pictures (and other objects) with my breasts and create postcards and calendars with inspirational messages which I mail and give to women diagnosed with breast cancer and sell other objects (e.g., watches, envelope openers, bookmarks, umbrellas, purses, and jewelry, etc.) with my artwork on it to offset the cost of art supplies, printing and postage. Creating art is a powerful healing force. I lead healing arts paint workshops to empower breast cancer survivors in coping with the stresses related to recovery. Sharing my personal story and art form not only serve to inform, uplift, and vivify, but inspire and improve the lives of women (and men) diagnosed with breast cancer as well.
What is art, if not the expression of creative skill and imagination which produces works to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power? I remind them that just as the tireless hummingbird, they are capable of traveling astonishing distances on their own wings and to keep seeking the sweetest nectar and the beauty in each day.
Diagnosed with breast cancer at 47 in 2007, I found painting with my breasts a wonderful mode of art therapy which helped me heal from some deeper issues associated with the ravages of breast cancer which I could otherwise perhaps not express in words. The way it affected my mind (from chemo-brain for one thing), body (from the surgery and radiation) and psyche (in terms of wondering whether I would survive while others around me did not), I found that painting with my breasts enabled me to delve deeper and create some sunshine on a rainy day for me. You see, I found a way to flourish despite the tempest. Initially, it was a way to express myself without words. Before the paint could dry, I knew that I had to share my art work and couple it with some inspirational words to help others because by concentrating your energies on others, you lessen your own burden.
Having breast cancer was actually a gift, which enabled me to turn something so ugly into something beautiful. I'm told that my breast art paintings and my words inspire and uplift those with breast cancer and they have enabled me to be a brighter beacon to those in the storm.
My audience is women diagnosed with breast cancer and their caregivers. I understand them because I AM them. By turning my art into cancer support cards and calendars coupled with uplifting messages and mailing them out to women stricken with breast cancer, I empower them from the stance of someone in the same bra as they are (i.e., someone who is in the struggle.
01/2013 - Art in City Hall - City Hall - PHILADELPHIA, PA