Links to pdfs of the De’VIA Deaf History Challenge – honoring Deaf History Month
02 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
in Uncategorized Tags: Arnaud Balard clerc and gallaudet, David Call "The Resurrection of Oral Moloch", David Call "ToThe Rescue", Day 1 David Call "Martha's Vineyard, De'VIA Deaf History challenge, Ellen Mansfield Deaf drivers rights, Heidi Ren Storme Portrait of Ella Mae Lentz, Heidi Storme Abee de L’Epee, Heidi Storme Portrait of Dr. Laurene Simms, Hinda Kasher Portrait of Sarah A. Young Bear-‐Brown, Hinda Kasher Portrait of Takiyah Harri, Karen Christie "After Berthier's Man with a Snake", Karen Christie “Bell as Moloch”, Karen christie noble hunger, Laurie Monahan "In Honor of all Deaf Press Printers", Nancy Rourke Untitled (title for 'Misrepresentation'?), Nancy Rourke The Aftermath of Milan, Nancy rourke George s name sign, Patti Durr ICED 1880 Milan -‐ Have you seen me q, patti durr veditz died with his boots on, Shawn Elfrink Untitled, shawn elfrink karl white scare crow ehdi st louis, Takiyah Harris "Donald Lang was in the jail", Takiyah Harris "Fight the rights for Black Deaf Children", takiyah harris a quiet moment of george veditz, Takiyah Harris “Broke the barrier from Black Deaf brothers", takiyah harris Deaf barbershop in martha s vineyard, Takiyah Harris The white doctor was dishonest to the parents about their quadruplets.
26 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
here is a space where i’ll be putting up pdfs of the 28 day motif artworks from the February 2015 De’VIA challenge initiated and coordinated by Nancy Rourke (to see the list of motifs with description that nacy developed click this link DeVIA MOTIFS )
if anyone’s artwork is missing or any corrections need to be made – leave a comment or email me
note – artworks are listed in alphabetical order of the artists’ last names. some specs are missing (title, medium, size etc because some artists did not provide that info)
Day 1 Chain Day 1 _ Chain motif pdf
Day 2 Light bulb Day 2 Lightbulb revised motif pdf
Day 3 Feather Day 3 Feather motif pdf(2)
07 Feb 2015 Leave a comment
in Uncategorized Tags: #DeVIA28challenge, AFA 5 Handstand, Dance Baby Dance...Run Baby Run, De'ARTivists, De'VIA february 2015 challenge, devia, Edison & Co., ehdi, Flight not Fright, HandEye Solidarity fists, Here Are My Wings, It's better..., Let There Be Light, Looking Glass Self Howl, mask of benevolence, me as little d, Patti Durr Feb 2015 De'VIA artworks, Roots and Wings, Scholl Dayz, St Joseph Survivors, The Annex, The Strain of..., To have...to find, TROLLING, United We Stand (watercolor painting), V ictory, We Are YOUR F A I L U R E, Will the Circle be unbroken
this is a space where i will be putting up the artworks i have made as part of the #DeVIA28Challenge – see https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/devia-an-artwork-a-day-feb-2015-challenge/ for the motifs for each day and the rules
check out the #DeVIA28challenge in FB and De’VIA Central FB to see all the MARVELOUS De’VIA being made this month.
ill try to update this page daily – day one is at bottom then scroll up. fingerscrossed i can do an artwork a day for a month – will see see. Due to problems with embedding images and text line up – descriptions and specs are listed at bottom
- Day #28 Roundtable
Let There be Light: Which of These Things…
by P. Durr 2015
Acrylic on Canvas
59 1/2 x 40
motif – Round table
Trigger warning – some images upsetting / unpleasant
description: Very Large Canvas – with four rectangular sections separated by a strip of blue paint (like tape) running vertical and horizontal through the middle of the canvas. Each space has an over head light. Top Left light shines on Hearing family members while Deaf child is in the dark (colored red), right section light shines on Hearing classmates as Deaf child sits in dark with FM system, bottom left area white sheet covers a dead body with red hand hanging out with wrist slit, bottom right area brightly lit – eye light and eye table, many people sitting around the round table signing – empty chair in corner with person greeting / welcoming someone off screen
- Day #27 Checkerboard
The Strain of…
15 1/2 H x 11 3/4 W x 6 3/4 D
Description – glass checkerboard over wooden box inside box sits a red haired doll with a sunflower dress on. Dolls hands are hidden in checkered pockets both eyes are closed. there is a light at the bottom and top of the box. There are small black and white copies pix of young girl with plaid patterned dress with hands in pocket on the checkered board also is a black silhouette of a figure with long wild hair with fists up running. In the box in the back on the left and right side there are report cards one highlights need to improve and the other highlights concentration problems may be due to the strain of listening being tiring.
- Day #26 Door
P. Durr 2015
9 x 12
Description – person opens a secret door into a dark and cobwebbed room while holding a lantern. One wall has a framed image of a figure standing above a sitting man and child (supposed to be Clerc making sure T Gallaudet signs A to Alice properly) and Veditz signing Defend is projected onto the wall (see Dr Paddy Ladd s in Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood for the annex reference) ASL version by Tara Holcomb of Paddy Ladd’s Annex story http://www.deafhood.us/wp/archives/tag/annex
- Day #25 Octopus
By P. Durr 2015
9 x 20
Description: full image and close ups of an octopus with arms holding on to small dark figures. Middle image shows prison bars w hands holding them and eyes in the darkness. I get affected every time we go see the guys. The prison industrial complex sucks in disenfranchised people. Especially poor Deaf POC for whom the systems of family medicine and education already failed them. This $hit Is real. Detail images: C – caught up to be tossed out of the country, H grasping at a star, L leaving w no where safe to go. Wondering if and how he will make it. Notice the octopus still clings, J six month in the box, W as a boy and he octopus setting him up
- Day #24 Solidarity Fist
P. Durr 2015
Description black in print o solidarity fist on beige paper (older work) with purple print paint brush added to be held by the hand and in each corner. Black writing going vertical – De’ARTivist
- Day #23 Puppet
Dance Baby Dance…Run Baby Run
P. Durr 2015
Mixed media – Assemblage
Trigger warning – image may be upsetting for victims and survivors
Detail image from Dance Baby Dance … Run Baby Run by P. Durr 2015
description: broken doll face with bandage around head and bandaid on face, black lines around jaw like puppet / ventriloquist mouth, sewing pins near ears for acupuncture, safety pin at shoulder holding FM / Body aid unit strap together with a few red drops
- Day #22 Hands Holding
United We Stand
P. Durr 2015
Watercolor on paper
Description – fall color tree w eye blue skies red soil line yellow underground brown and tan roots gold each other’s hands
- Day #21 Nails or Screw
P. Durr 2015
Watercolor on Paper
Description AFA logo black hand tree w blue ribbon in circle w 3 demands to ag bell date April 3 2009. Black nail holding the letter to ag bell volta bureau door
- Day #20 Baby
Acrylic on Canvas Board – in Nancy Rourke style
- Day #19 Mask
P. Durr 2015
Pastels copied photos on pastel board
10 x 8
description: enlarged school pix – child with face cut out with black hole where face should be wearing black headsets. child holds a pair of scissors near partial black hole in chest and other hand is chained and holds a cut out mask of real face with painted on smile. black shadows surround both images faint image of audiogram X and 0 with heavy black lines like tombstone slab with small copy of school pix, freaky audiology lab with cymbals at bottom and coloring book page of duck with umbrella and red boots. top right corner has a barred owl carrying a lit lanter with one feather falling away
- Day #18 Tree
Roots and Wings
P. Durr 2015
Spray paint on canvas
20 x 20
- Day #17 Hook
P. Durr 2015
9 x 12
drawing of a young AG Bell in a boat with a large ringing bell and a bent fishing rod. The fishing hook & lure has caught a Deaf child
- Day # 16 Eyes
P. Durr 2015
pen on brie cheese case
- Day #15 Blue Tape
P. Durr 2015
watercolor sketch of Karl White at EHDI St Louis
Cutting through the blue tape at St. Louis EHDI
Karl White looms large w blue tape for arms trying to block my way down a public hallway. He had called over one of his rent a cops and I signed up at him – I can walk down this path – it is not part of EHDI exhibit – it is an open space for folks to walk so I’m gonna walk an he was like “your right I’m wrong.” He signed wrong so hard on his chin I was worried he had hurt himself. He really was very ramped up and jittered so I just strolled in down to meet and greet someone at the end of the hall. Later John e of the DBC came out of the exhibit area an give us a hug and again karl white appeared looming and ushered him to go back within the tent and u was like freedom of assembly freedome o friendship. Who knew when u registered for EHDI they were gonna tag stalk and survelinence folks. Later we learned karl white had John e wife (a Deaf grand mother) w her Deaf grandson evicted from the mall area.
watercolor of prison art project
W painting his butterfly in a max security prison. H painting a US of A flag. Hearing prisoner w broom watching through hall window
- Day #14 Ladder
P. Durr 2015
9 x 12
description: George W. Veditz on top of the Volta Bureau (AG Bell headquarters in DC) waving the Sign Union flag (by Arnaud Balard) A tall ladder leans on the left side of the building. There are two yellow police / crime scene tapes making an X in front of the Volta Bureau’s doorway signifying that AG Bell and co have committed crimes against Deaf people and their families. There is a blue outlined human shape on the steps with red mark near ear and mouth would be as alot of experimentation and abuses has been done to Deaf infants and children in the name of pure Oralism that AG Bell the man and organizaiton promote. There is a bit of blue tape on one of the plaque and on the STOP sign blue letters of AGB appear. on the right side of the building are the faint shape of 12 windows/doors to remember the 12 children who died when cochlear implants began being used on children
- Day #13 AG Bell
“We are YOUR F-A-I-L-U-R-E”
P. Durr 2015
Black Marker and Watercolor on Watercolor paper
9 x 12
(description: drawing of the fingerspelling handshapes for F A I L U R E with round faces at top and round bells at bottom with “shout lines” around the letters to show how they were signed out STRONGLY / LOUDLY. at bottom is a bell like symbol because one of the sit-in presenters was wearing a bell on her wrist and every time she signed the audience and presenter would look towards the sound)
this is a quick color sketch based on the AFA sit-in at the AG Bell Symposium for Listening and Spoken Language in DC at the Omni Shoreham hotel. Audism Free America (AFA) had peacefully protested in the sweltering heat (103 +) for several days. on the LAST day of the AG Bell symposium – AFA engaged peaceful direct confrontation but having a sit-in during the one of the last presentations about Cultural and Linguistic considerations (cultural competency) – we walked into the Hampton Room and had a sit in. We mouthed and signed to the presenter “sorry” for having interrupted her and we signed out our msg about allowing Deaf children to sign. Ruthie Jordan, one of the founders and leaders of AFA, signed out and shouted out with her Deaf voice – We are your F A I L U R E. mark myer reported seeing one of the attendees of the presentation cry to see this truth declared. Susan Boswell, AG Bell’s Deaf replacement communication director – Catherine Murphy had gone over to Gallaudet University to be the director of communication there – Boswell tried to get AFA peaceful protestors to leave. she pushed and signed and spoke to STOP and LEAVE NOW. AFA said “Stop Deaf Against Deaf. Stop Deaf Against Deaf.” Boswel is also Deaf. AFA succeeded in stopping the presentation that did not have any Deaf representation. MANY DC police arrived and a very heated stand off occurred where it looked like the AFA representatives might be arrested. AFA’s lawyer arrived and discussed different options with the police. Once AFA was assured the presentation would not resume and the conference was over they left under police escort. As AFA was leaving several of the police officers hugged AFA members. Video from the AFA Sit-in
- Day #12 Candle
“St. Joseph Survivors”
P. Durr 2015
this work is inspired by survivors of St. Joseph Oral school in St. Louis which is run by nuns where physical abuse and emotional abuse was / is? rampant. black background with lights from candle and grey rock formation representing the outdoor chapel and two survivors (darren and shawn e.) at bottom lighting a candle from the other to make one strong flame. they and other survivors deserve much better art than i can give them but ive had a busy week and want to make sure i catch up with the challenge. perhaps other artists will honor them better than i have been able to do here. to see testimony of the abuse the suffered go to the AFA vigil at the old St Joseph site https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwFqTlkh4vo#t=522
- Day #11 Jigsaw Puzzle
Will the circle be unbroken?
P. Durr 2015
32 x 43
this is a total cheat on my part as i was out of town all day and my idea was to put together a puzzle and then do some kinda De’VIA artwork in black over it with the puzzle pieces peeking through – kinda how we did with the De’VIA 2013 mural and to have a few of the puzzle pieces be missing but im too tired to put together any of the puzzles we have at home here so i just went for the Escher jumbo lizzard rubber puzzle pieces and turned them over – arranged and connected added eyes on each, cut off part of a leg on one, added hand for Deaf-blind tactile, partial eye for low vision, and wheel chair etc.
i dont really know if it is resistance – the concept and the wish is that there will be TRUE solidarity – respect – fellowship – intersectionality within our communities and that the Circle will not be broken so i guess maybe its a commentary resisting horizontal oppression / violence and erasing and dismissing and diminishing ?
- Day #10 Butterfly
Flight not fright
by P. Durr 2015
20 x 16
our daughter had painted the basics of a leopards face on this white canvas just use black paint then she abandoned it. later she told me i could use the canvas. i can never have anything go to waste. last week when we started the De’VIA challenge Feb month – i was looking at the canvas asking it what it wanted to become and it said a spotted butterfly with eyes so i kinda did a wee bit of painting on it from time to time when i would have left over paint out from the other canvas work i had done (see i cant let anything go to waste. and i kinda thought it was done and when i came home today i was EXHAUSTED and thought ill just take a pix of it and post it up with an explanation that it was done last week. instead i fell asleep at 7 pm and and woke up at 9 pm (yes i am OLD!) so when i woke up i went to take a pix of it and it said “NOT DONE” ha – art can be so greedy so i went to my paints and said hmmm purple and and it said NO RED so i said OK you win. (im kinda thinking purple would have been more harmonious but methink it picked red to signify that part of our metamorphosis is overcoming our fears. sometimes we have been hurt and the instinct to fight back or to flee away when we really need to just be firm with love so we can jump at the sun and take proper flight is very real so methink the red is real and fitting.
- Day #9 PROFIT
Mask of Benevolence
P. Durr 2015
description: white mask with oil pastel, markers and nail polish to add black hair, eybrows, eye shadow, eyelashes, rosey cheeks, and red lipstick, behind the eyes 50 and 20 dollar bills – one shows UNITED STATES IN GOD and the other shows WE TRUST, edges of dollar bills serve as ears and Native American like earings dangle form the $. scarf with clock symbol, plastic 3d hand with red nail polish holding a $100 bill. All situated on a black piece of fabric.
A great many of the LSL (Listening and Spoken Language specialists – ie speech pathologists) are White young women. Their intentions may be good but since they are the front line of the auditory industrial complex – they often beguile themselves and the parents into believing they have the child’s best interest at heart. See Dr. Lane’s Mask of Benevolence: Disability the Deaf Community
- Day #8 FLOWER
Sketch Birth of the 2nd Wave of De’VIA
no time to make a real artwork today so just quickly sketched an idea that im hoping to make real some day – Betty G. Miller with hat and shirt that she wore in the De’VIA 1989 thinktank surrounded by flowers and butterflies that represent current De’VIA artists / ARTivists
- Day #7 LOCK
“to have…to find”
assemblage – found objects
clear box with an assortment of objects: real feathers, nest, bee hive, shells, lock of red hair, text from Veditz “Prervation of Sign Language” address, electric candle, plastic butterfly, broken ruler, chess pieces (knights), torn $20, magnifying lens, photo strip, rubber arm and hand on the exterior of the box with key
- Day #6 HANDSTAND – AFFIRMATION (2 different artworks with Handstands on day 6)
“AFA 5 Handstand”
Watercolor and blue ink
Night sky Volta Bureau AGB headquarters 5 people stand at the top of the tall steps in front of the fortress doors people at the bottom of the steps in the dark except for waving blue glow sticks
8.5 by 11 black scratch ink paper
description of “It’s better…”- white scratch marks into black ink sheet – central full length image of an ASL Handstand – doodle boxes / cells at top, weave underneath, sun with peacock feathers and eyes in middle, sunflower in between two fingers, feathers on each standing finger, rays on fingernails, shadow next to fingernails, around the hand at top is a mountain range with crescent moon, falling feathers / petals, arrow pierced into side of hand, dandelion and dandelion floating seeds and a sun.
“It’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees” ~ Emiliano Zapata
- Day # 5 MIRROR – RESISTANCE
Looking Glass Self Howl
by Patti Durr
9 1/2 x 12 charcoal paper with black scratch paper and aluminum foil
Day 5 of 28 Days, MIRROR motif, resistance
sad child looks at viewer while holding a mirror – image in the mirror is the child letting loose a howl instead of trying to mimic the speech teacher
(one of the versions has black scratch image in the mirror and the other version there is a face drawn in black marker on foil)
- Day #4 HAND – AFFIRMATION
HandEye solidarity fists
linocut w/ ink on paper
8 1/2 x 5 1/2
(description: color pix of two cards – one is red on gold ish paper and one is black on white paper – HandEye solidarity fist with streaks around it and the word OBEY at bottom)
Note: i know solidarity fist is listed for later in this month but i have another idea for that and have been wanting to put this into print making for a while
- Day #3 FEATHER – RESISTANCE
Here are my wings
Acrylic on Canvas with real blue jay feather
20 x 20
Description: white woman with red hair stands on edge of cliff with arm wings spread out, large moon on left side, blue sky, brown red mountains, kissing camels, one red tail feather falling, one real blue jay feather rests on the ground near person’s right bent foot as if running, left foot has chain around it which goes off to the lower edge of the painting, black text on chain “Here are my wings”
Excerpt text of “The Hang Glider” by Dorothy Miles
Here are my wings;
And there, at the edge of
wait the winds
to bear my weight.
so huge and strong,
built with my life in mind …
I have made other wings
cast aside —
I searched, and asked and
and built again…
and here I stand.
- Day #2 LIGHT BULB – AFFIRMATION
Edison & Co.
Acrylic on Canvas (with print)
20 x 20
Painting of Thomas Edison with grey vest and black jacket holding a lit up Edison light bulb and a film strip going into his mouth and coming out of another hand. George W. Veditz signing “defend” is being projected from Edison’s left ear, bottom corner has a red lincocut print of a lit candle with yellow flames added while Edison’s other hand holds a film strip that vaguely shows a figure in each frame. background is a glowingish red
- Day # 1 CHAIN – RESISTANCE
“me as small d”
by patti durr
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
16 x 12
description: redheaded child with brown button eyes pinkish face with door chain as mouth to ear (as is the motion for the sign “deaf)) with broken gold crown on head and bluish white skin for neck and torso with skeletal-like hands fingerspelling d e a f and a black with blue gaping hole in middle of chest. background for the piece is black with some shades of blue.
Note: i added a real door chain lock to the artwork on Day 7 (Lock)
29 Jan 2015 Leave a comment
nancy rourke, De’VIA expressionist extraordinaire, has established a De’VIA artwork-a-day challenge for the month of Feb
see video of nancy explaining the challenge and the list of motifs/themes and rules. post your works up in De’VIA Central Facebook and if you cant make a new work everyday – just do what you can when you can and ENJOY
video explaining the challenge:
use the hastag #DeVIA28Challenge
28 Days in February Challenge 2015
Motifs in resistance and affirmative
Number of Participants: 55 (5 from Europe) 1 hearing mother of Deaf child and 1 CODA
Total number of artworks: 677
Most popular theme: Resistance
to see all the artworks made for each motif day go to De’VIA central fb or https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/28-day-motif-artworks/ for PDFs
De’VIA MOTIFS –Resistance and Affirmative themes
Motifs with descriptions (see below or go to pdf (click link) DeVIA MOTIFS
chain, resistance tied down, ASL prohibited, trapped, colonialized, audism.
light bulb, affirmative hope, light so deaf people can see.
feather, resistance parroting, audism, speech therapy, deaf disempowerment.
hand, affirmative hand refers to something that you value of, your hand, to be proud of, cherish, love, ASL. HAND.
mirror, resistance two face, mask of benevolence, two way mirror, what do you see in the mirror that others do not see? or something that you see turns out different.
handstand, affirmative We take a stand, stand for our rights, do something, get involved in the community. We take pride. We stand for solidarity.
lock, resistance Lock refers to being trapped, limited, or to something that is unknown or secret.
flower, affirmative Flower refers to new life, Deafhood, happiness, fragrance, someone to remember. hope.
profit, resistance Profit motif refers to making money off of Deaf bodies. It refers to dollar sign $, so when you make art, it has to be resistance theme, meaning making money, they profit. Another example, for profiting could go to cultural appropriation. It is a political art.
butterfly, affirmative Butterfly refers to Deafhood, journey, acceptance, identity, happiness. jigsaw puzzle, resistance Jigsaw puzzle refers to disempowerment, something is missing, and mystery.
candle, affirmative Candle refers to paying a tribute to, to honour, to remember, to respect, to light, and light Deaf people can see.
AGB, resistance AGB refers to Alexander Graham Bell, oralism, audism, mask of benevolence, anything that you can think of that associates with AGB.
ladder, affirmative Ladder is inspired by Debbie Rennie’s poem “Black Hole: Color ASL” She used a ladder concept in her poem. It is really a beautiful ASL literature. Ladder is a symbol, that shows a way into a Deaf community. Always remember this, to climb up the ladder, is positive. If you climb down, it is negative.
blue tape, resistance Blue tape refers to crossed out, trapped, prohibited, mask of benevolence, tied down, audism, oppression. I use the blue tape symbol in many of my paintings.
eyes, affirmative Eye refers to visual, Deaf people rely on visual, Eyeth, a symbol for Deaf people. hook, resistance Hook refers to being colonized, can’t “escape”, you were forced by, it can also be
eugenic, audism, oralism abuse, brutal discipline. You can use fish hook, wall hook that you hang picture, coat hook, etc.
tree, affirmative Tree refers to life and roots.
mask, resistance Mask symbolizes lies, truth to be told, two faced, hypotrict (sp), mask of Benvolence, hidden, secret.
baby, affirmative Baby symbolizes Deaf rights, journey, Deafhood, protection, comfort and Deaf community.
nails or screws, resistance David Call symbolizes screws in his “Your Joy, My Pain” and nails in “Crucifixion of Sign Language” linocuts. Screws represent surgical solution to “deafness” as in drilling and installing CI with screws and nails represent destruction of Deaf community, identity, natural language so on as in nails of “The Crucifixicion of Sign Language”. I see nail as an attention, alert, warning, wake up call like you go around town or campus and post something important. Screw is something different I think. It is something permanent and painful.
hands holding, affirmative hanging in there, you are comforted, someone is there for you, secured, support you.
puppet, resistance Puppet symbolizes colonialism, submissive, passive, audism.
solidarity fist, affirmative Solidarity fist refers to a group of artivists/activists team together, work together to stand and fight for good cause. It must be affirmative.
octopus, resistance Octopus symbolizes something very big and power seizes over Deaf communities, Deaf world, Deaf society. Takes over, control everything.
door, affirmative Door symbolizes Deafhood journey, enter into your world, a welcome feel, seeking, something about the door.
checkerboard, resistance Checkerboard symbolizes repetition, a pattern, can go crazy, nightmare, clone, seems to get lost abit, that sorta thing.
roundtable, affirmative symbolizes Deaf people can see each other. A gathering together. BIRDHOUSE- affirmative- David’s motif, that refers to Deaf community, close knitted, family. ARROW- resistance- attacking, harming, trying to kill or stop or destroy. NEST- affirmative- home, safety, family, birth, future, deaf community.
BUTTON EYES- resistance- no visual acuity or input, no state of agency or autonomy, a doll, toy, void of independence.
PLAGUE DOCTOR- resistance- is a quack doctor selling false hope to desperate parents for profit. MONEY BAG- resistance- is for profit and greed. PLAGUE DOCTOR HAT- resistance- same as quack doctor. SKULL- resistance- is for eugenics.
MOTHER of ALL DEAF SOULS- affirmative- natural sign language, strength, purity, Deaf birthright, preservation of Deaf communities for generations to come. Mother of All Deaf Souls is a mythical fertile mother of all Deaf Souls. She is an entity that can come in different life forms such as Deaf Baobab Tree graphite/color pencil, Elder shaman in “First Kitchen Table Conversation” color pencil, Alice Cogswell in “Me Your Mother”, “Liberation”, and “Harmony in Silence” linocuts and so on. (David Call)
FAN- resistance- speech practice, repetitive, speech therapy, sense of air coming from mouth.
MOUTH- resistance- represented the majority group-hearing people, spoken language, speech, aura- oral, methods.
STAIRWAY-liberation- life is a journey, sometimes we face difficulty because of expectation from the society, walk up to reach the goal or collapse on the stairway, a missing puzzle feeling “always looking” for a destination.
HANDSHAPE- affirmative- sign language SPEECH THERAPY-resistance- Airplane, baseball, ice cream, apple, hotdog.
HAMMER or SLEDGEHAMMER-resistance- hammer or sledgehammer motif to resist or break down oppression.
STRINGS- resistance-tied down, audism, trapped, colonialism, Deaf person as a puppet. BLACK HOLE- resistance- invasion, attacking, Second Wave of Oralism, Deaf Disempowerment.
MOUNTAIN- affirmative/liberation- Paddy Ladd’s quote, artists keep building mountains to prevent oralism invasion.
HORSE-resistance- from the idiom “Whip a Dead Horse”, AGB whips a Deaf horse. Horse is Deaf people who have been abused by oralism.
MIDDLE FINGER- resistance-curse, political, censorship. Harlequin/Jester- resistance-joker, pathetic liar, abuser. CROWN-
1) Artwork must be completed each day.
2) you can use any medium. Any size of artwork.
3) Do your own creativity.
4) **Must be Deaf Experience.**
5) Post your finished artwork, with title, your name, medium, size, and description on De’VIA Central FB page.
Begin artwork on first day of Feb
04 Jan 2015 Leave a comment
Four years ago – Aug 30, 2010 a Ditidaht Deaf totem carver, John T. Williams, was gunned down on the sidewalk of a Seattle Street. When i first learned about the case in Dec of 2010 it broke my heart – see the entry Being Deaf is Deadly??? https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/being-deaf-is-dead
(more info from 2010 – vlog about the inquest – https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/4-votes-williams-not-imminent-threat/ Back in 2010 i was still a member of the NAD and was urging them to write a letter of outrage about this shooting that was clearly based on racism and audism and they asked me to draft a letter so i did and they tweaked it and sent to the Seattle Police Dept – you can see the letter at: http://nad.org/sites/default/files/2011/March/NAD%20Letter%20to%20Seattle%20Police%20Chief.pdf and an entry about the family winning a $1.5 million dollar civil law suit https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/1-5-million-dollars-deaf-shall-not-death/)
last year i stumbled upon a short youtube video showing a huge crowd carrying a gigantic totem carved in John T. Williams honor through the streets of Seattle to be erected in a public park for posterity and it gave me joy and a while after me dearest friend of mine sent me a link to a documentary about the making of the honor totem and each time i watch the film i cry
It’s captioned and worth every minute of your time to watch it folks
and yesterday another dear friend sent me a link to an article about restorative justice work and john t. williams http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/restorative-justice-at-work-how-this-indigenous-wood-carver-is-finding-peace-after-seattle-police-killed-his-brother
I very much appreciate this article because during all the sadness and anguish over the recent killing of Black men by the hands of our police – i have been wondering why the media has made no mention of John T. Williams murder. Im glad this article reminds us of John’s death due to police intentional or unintentionally having biases, stereotypes, profiling, and prejudices. Also the article is one of the few that mention that John T was partially Deaf. it does not mention that audism played a hand in the killing of john T williams but it surely did. The rookie cop who later resigned from the force after DAs office decided not to prosecute had called out to John T. Williams from behind to drop the small carving knife. John may have heard but most likely didnt understand and then BAM BAM BAM BAM John is no more. All the cop could say in his defense when all the other cops arrived was “i told him to drop the knife” he says it repeatedly. He shot John because he didnt do what he was told immediately. How many Deaf folks have been yelled at, misunderstood, given dirty looks, smacked, spat at, kicked, hurt etc for not having understood and followed orders that they didnt even know were said to them? Ah everybodies hands are up.
Now John T being Deaf is not why the cop pulled over at the intersection and chased after John. Nope – he did that because John was a person of color – a Native American walking peacefully across a city street carrying a small totem and a wee carving knife. RACE was the motive to hunt him down. John was not a threat to anyone – folks and cars are going by him with no worry. Would the cop have shot John T. Williams dead if he had fully heard, understood, and dropped the knife? Maybe – we have seen what cops have done to Black men in St. Louis, Staten Island, and other places. The fact that the cop uses John’s non-response to his command as his reason to repeatedly shoot him in just a few seconds after calling out to him to drop the knife – indicates that racism and audism are REAL and they are deadly. Especially when combined. In Rochester, NY – a city that is hailed as being Deaf-Friendly – on two separate occasions two African-American Deaf men were shot dead by cops for simply not stopping when they told them to stop and put up their hands. It is very unlikely they would be dead if they were White. If they were Hearing Black men – they may still have faced the treat of being killed.
i totally thank Rick Williams for being such a good soul and thank all the good folks who know i was studying up on that case and mourning it for a million moons and these wee things coming in are a balm and a hope. it dont bring John T. Williams back or Eric Garner back or Michael Brown back or Tamir Rice back. Hopefully it will go a long way in making sure police officers be peace officers.
More info on the honor and companion totems here http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/08/02/eagleson-williams-hopes-memorial-totem-poles-will-forever-preserve-his-uncles-legacy
Figures in the John T. Williams Honor Totem: (from http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/02/27/tragedy-comes-beauty-memorial-pole-erected-john-t-williams-100144)
• Top: Eagle. “The Eagle flies the highest and sees the farthest, so he takes the perch at the top of the pole.”
• Middle: Master Carver. “This is a Williams family symbol handed down through seven generations of woodcarvers. This master carver is John T. Williams displaying his own signature totem, which features the Kingfisher and the Salmon. This carving, at the age of 15, made John a master carver in the Ditidaht First Nation, in British Columbia.” According to the interpretive display, John T. Williams’s works, and other Williams family pieces, are displayed all over Seattle, at the White House and in the Smithsonian. At this writing, early John T. Williams carvings are being sold on eBay for $8,500.
• Bottom: Raven Mother and Baby. “The Raven watches and nurtures us, making up the foundation of the totem.”Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/02/27/tragedy-comes-beauty-memorial-pole-erected-john-t-williams-100144
many wonderful photos at the John T. Williams Totem project http://www.thejtwproject.org/galleries-links/
and at their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Totem.Pole.Project
02 Jan 2015 Leave a comment
in Uncategorized Tags: Alex Wilhite, and Christine Parrotte., and George Veditz honored by Karen Christie., and Jenny Witteborg De'VIA panelists, and Jim Van Manen De'VIA panelists, ann silver, Betty G. Miller - honored by Nancy Rourke, chains of remembrance, Chuck Baird - honored by Patti Durr, Clayton Valli - honored by Randy Pituk and Dorothy Miles - honored by Paddy Ladd., David Call, David Ennis, Dr. Paddy Ladd presenting on Deafhood Pedagogies, Ellen Mansfield, Gil Eastman honored by JMatt Searls, Harry Williams - honored by David Call, Hinda Kasher, Idy Fass, Judy Lai-Yok Ho - honored by Ellen Mansfield, Live performances by Alona Zfati, nancy rourke, Nathie Marbury honored by Leah Murray, Phyllis Frelich honored by Pat Graybill, Randy Pituk, Robert Panara honored by Joan Naturale, Tony McGregor
Here are videos of some of the events during the VIVA De’VIA weekend (Nov 7-9, 2014) honoring the 25th Anniversary of Deaf View/Image Art.
Panel of De’VIA Artists – Nov 7, 2014 David Call, Ellen Mansfield, Nancy Rourke, Ann Silver, and Jim Van Manen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-FBrHRB9Qg
Panel of De’VIA Artists – Nov 8, 2104 David Ennis, Randy Pituk, Tony McGregor, Alex Wilhite, and Jenny Witteborg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Mh-MhPS7E
Part 1 – Chains of Remembrance Tribute to creators of artistic and literary works about the Deaf Experience – Betty G. Miller – honored by Nancy Rourke, Chuck Baird – honored by Patti Durr, Judy Lai-Yok Ho – honored by Ellen Mansfield, Harry Williams – honored by David Call were remembered. As with Arnaud Balard’s Surdism – we extended De’VIA to honor other creators that expressed the Deaf experience in their work such as ASL Poets, Clayton Valli – honored by Randy Pituk and Dorothy Miles – honored by Paddy Ladd. See Part 2 for tributes to other creators and some new original works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK5mgWGmbfs
Part 2 – Chains of Remembrance Tribute to creators of artistic and literary works about the Deaf Experience – Robert Panara honored by Joan Naturale, Nathie Marbury honored by Leah Murray, Gil Eastman honored by JMatt Searls, Phyllis Frelich honored by Pat Graybill, and George Veditz honored by Karen Christie. Live performances by Alona Zfati, Idy Fass, Hinda Kasher, and Christine Parrotte. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEUv6V8rreQ
Actors portraying deceased Deaf artists who made De’VIA works at the 3rd Deaf-mute Banquet – go to: https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/deaf-artists-characters-from-the-3rd-deaf-mute-banquet-honoring-the-25th-anniversary-of-devia/
Note: Arnaud Balard’s presentation on Surdism will be edited and uploaded soon.
Dr. Paddy Ladd presenting on Deafhood Pedagogies – Nov 9, 2014
02 Dec 2014 Leave a comment
to see a PDF copy of the VIVA De’VIA exhibition catalog go to https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/viva-devia-catalog/
many thanks to Jorge Samper for all his work on the catalog and labels PDFs