Sounds of Silence (American Sign Language (ASL) Series)
There have been many times in my life where I have had a relationship with a deaf person. I have always been fascinated with the way the deaf community conveys their thoughts with only hand gestures and facial expressions. ASL is a beautiful, visual language that is seen rather than heard.
Because those of us in the hearing world often forget that not everyone can hear us, it becomes challenging and frustrating for a deaf or hard-of-hearing person to feel included. Why wouldn't we want to include everyone as much as we can?
That's how this series came about. I want to relay more compassion, spark conversation, and raise awareness about the deaf community and provide another way for hearing people to engage more quietly and effectively. Consequently, I am calling attention to signs that express positivity, caring, connection, and listening--even if it’s without using your ears.
My goal is to create 12 paintings that incorporate ASL with abstract art. It's a challenge to depict motion and is a disruption to my current practice, but it's a direction that I am excited to explore.
My intent is to enhance the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual aspects of my own wellness path and of others who view my work. Silence can speak volumes, so the title of this series is “Sounds of Silence.”
Not for Sale YET!
The Sounds of Silence series paintings are being created thanks to the Allegheny Arts Revival Grant program. I was awarded this grant by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council from funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Paintings shown will be available for sale beginning September 1, 2023. If you are interested in a piece, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-475-9865.