Nancy Rourke – Deaf Artist

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Vlog explaining how Nancy Rourke resumed painting after many years as a graphic designer and after reading Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood by Dr. Paddy Ladd. Her current works examine her Deafhood journey, Deaf identity, and audism. She uses mostly primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and black and white for their strong contrast and boldness. vlog discusses one work entitled “Understanding Deaf Culture,” which reminds me a bit of Harlem Renaissance artist, Jacob Lawrence. Rourke’s painting has people gathered around a table which reminds me of the Jewish Passover holiday (seder). There is a book on the table entltled Deaf Subaltern Elites and Rebels as per Dr. Ladd’s book. An overhanging light illuminates the space and the signers. Each person present responds different to the discussion: “Really,” “horrible,” “PAH!,” “Shhh- hands off,” “kick out,” “Y E S,” “UNITY” and a dog is under the table with the tags ‘ “Deaf Dog” “I love ASL.” A portrait of Laurent Clerc, who brought French Sign Language and thus contributed to the birth of American Sign Language, hangs on the wall.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Mayes
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 12:59:24

    Nice tribute! I have a friend who is a fan of Rourke’s artwork also… I believe she bought one of her paintings.

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