But this is not the end of Deconstruction…

The show must go on!

The next phase of the project will be Deconstruction Stage III: The Documentary, a feature length film. Eventually, we plan to tour this film, along with the physical art, around the country in a series of community screenings for cancer survivors and their families (Deconstruction Stage IV). Alex is in the process of repurposing the footage used in the Virtual Art Show for the feature film, which will be supplemented with more archival and verite footage, as well as animations, and yet to be shot docudrama sequences. You can follow along with the next phase of the journey by joining our email list here and following Deconstruction on social media.


We are also actively collecting small donations as we develop this next phase of the project. Deconstruction is fiscally sponsored by the International Documentary Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so all contributions are tax-deductible. You can support us here The continued success of the project in all its Stages would not be possible without our amazing community partners, such as Twist Out Cancer, the Cancer Support Center Bay Area, and Hope Scarves. Please consider supporting these organizations as well!


You can also support the project by attending one of our monthly Deconstruction Coloring Book sessions. These are therapeutic art sessions led by Alex and featured the official Deconstruction Coloring Book (available for free here!). Join as Alex and the Deco team hang out and color, as well as discuss updates on the project, all while making conversations about cancer a little less scary. I have been guilty of this myself. For years, thinking about my mother’s death terrified me and I repressed it. There was a building sense of dread as I found myself bracing for bad news. Then she told me about the idea for the art show and something clicked. We started talking more openly about the cancer - not in a scary way, but in a matter-of-fact way. I found that I was able to speak about it freely without being overcome by emotion. We both agreed that this was a much more positive way to engage with the illness, and I felt more involved in her treatment. Instead of worrying about the time we had remaining, we were working together to create something special. I’ve learned so much about my mother - like how the concept for “Deconstruction” evolved from a mental exercise my mom used to perform where she imagined all the parts of her body doctors have removed, replaced, and modified but marveled at how her sense of self remained unaffected. When I asked why I hadn’t heard of this mental exercise before, she responded, “Because you didn’t ask the right question.” Apparently, almost no one does. No one was asking her, “What is it like to go through this?” But she wanted them to. She wanted to tell them that for all the struggles, there has been so much joy too. Because people aren’t asking the right questions, Joyce felt the deep need not just to make the artwork but to share it in the hopes of affecting change.