Dust, Blood, and Water
It is through art that humankind first learned to communicate with each other and it remains our deepest and most expressive manner of doing so. Things can be said through art that cannot be expressed through simple conversation. The prevalence of music and dance through all cultures and all histories is a testament to how important their role is in our world – for communicating, processing, coping, and connecting.
noun: triptych; plural noun: triptychs
a picture or relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together side by side and used as an altarpiece.
Jennifer Faust has been an Oncology Nurse for over a decade, and in that decade she’s seen the best and the worst of humanity in it’s struggles against cancer. She’s seen the beauty, the delicacy, the strength, the passion, the resignation, and ugliness that is part of the grieving and healing process for both patients and their families, friends, and community. Cancer has become so prevalent that nearly everyone has touched by it in some way.
With society’s hesitation to discuss illness, cancer, death and dying, we have not developed the skills and processes with which to cope. As such, we are drawn home, back to art, in order to do so.
Jennifer Faust has been a dancer since she was 4 years old. She has studied ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and, beginning in 2003, Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. As such, it is only natural that dance and music would be the outlet that she would find herself using to express the realities of supporting and caring for patients and their families struggling with cancer.
Her vision slowly grew and as the dance and art community found out about it, it drew in other artists. Her vision has now become Triptych: Journey Through Cancer. The individual films are Dust, Blood, and Water.