If we lived without labels as deaf people, getting interpreters, fighting for our language rights to ASL, and accessibility would be a struggle. We would live in a muddled, confused world. Because of our deaf identity, we know to protect ASL. In this painting, we find stillness in the shining blue lake and blue skies like how deaf people feel at peace (or joy) when ASL is being used by whomever (deaf or signing people). There is a sign that says ASL is for rentals, reminding us all that ASL is for everyone. When hearing individuals use ASL with deaf people, Deafies feel at home. ASL is the language of Deaf people and we will not arrive at that conclusion without the label, Deaf. CI BAIT sign is also a reference to another cause-and-effect cascade of ‘labeling.’ Once a deaf baby is born and declared as deaf, an opportunity to “fix to normal” arises almost immediately. Another sign on the rentals shack says Batteries LIFE reminds us of how hard of hearing folks would navigate both worlds (silent*deaf and noisy*hearing) solely depending on the percentage of their batteries. In the end, every deaf person (anywhere on the deaf spectrum) has their eyes and hands. In sum, this painting depicts both positive and negative impact of putting the label of Deaf-on-deaf individuals. From knowing one’s accommodations to protection of ASL.

 

If we lived without labels as deaf people, getting interpreters, fighting for our language rights to ASL, and accessibility would be a struggle.

Fishing for ASL

  • 12 x 12 oil on canvas. $225.00