We the Deaf People learn from the best signing models round ASL storytelling would pass the same stories onto Deaf Children. In the playgrounds, bathrooms, school bus rides and bedtimes, we would hide, to tell stories, round any corners, all learning so much from each other.
We would reunite the sign language to bring no oppression, prosperity, and unity to the Deaf community
Symbolism in the painting
Shadow Figures= Master ASL storyteller. They have hearts in their heads that they have big hearts to tell storytelling in sign language. We are thankful.
Blue hands and figures= the characters in the stories became more lively from ASL storytelling.
Butterfly = Deaf People have no more oppression from oralism days and carry on to reunite the sign language spirits with prosperity and unity to the Deaf Community. This motif is in De’ VIA work appears in my Deafhood art.
Butterfly Tail Goldfish= the fishes do not have voices and hearing. Metaphor of Deaf storytellers gives vibrant beautiful stories in sign language.
Sun=we always gravitate toward ASL storytellers as the sun’s elements of warm, hope, and happy at the home unite in the Deaf community.
Peacock= Peafowl erect their feathers with eyespots that draw Deaf artists to connect for De’VIA motif.
Tree= Deaf People without the knowledge of culture and sign language is like a tree without roots. (By Ellen’s quote adapted from one of tree quotes)
There are Deaf jokes and Deaf humors in the sign language culture. One of the popular deaf jokes is about Lumberjack who chopped all day and would yell timber... In the Deaf humor, If you try to interpret the joke to non-signers and they don’t understand what is funny while signers will laugh so hard because the scope of visual language. Many Deaf artists used tree for De’ VIA motif.
Bald Eagle Feather= A lumbee legend, Great Spirits had a fa