Neurofibromatosis: The People by Rachel Mindrup – “My son Henry has been the motivation behind my series of portraits depicting individuals with Neurofibromatosis (NF). Through this series of paintings, I am the conduit, transforming genetic complications into something secondary and portraying the individual personalities first. Using social media as a connection, I hope to raise funds, educate, and ideally find a cure for NF. By painting oil portraits of people with NF the viewer first sees the person doing what he or she loves. For example, Frank enjoys playing guitar. Only in a secondary glance does the viewer understand that the person suffers from a genetic condition. This way, NF is secondary to the humanity of the person.
NF encompasses a set of distinct genetic disorders that cause tumors to grow along various types of nerves and, in addition, can affect the development of non-nervous tissues such as bones and skin. Neurofibromatosis causes tumors to grow anywhere on or in the body. Occurring in 1:3,000 births and is characterized by multiple cafe-au-lait spots and neurofibromas on or under the skin. Enlargement and deformation of bones and curvature of the spine (scoliosis) may also occur. Occasionally, tumors may develop in the brain, on cranial nerves, or on the spinal cord. About 50% of people with NF also have learning disabilities.NF is unpredictable, and its manifestations are different from person to person.” Rachel Mindrup
The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 5-7 pm. There is no charge to attend the Opening.