Diane Arthur Smallwood
Torn A Day in my Life
The identity exhibit features work by artists with disabilities from across the Commonwealth. The artwork in identity includes all media, and the artists come from different communities, learned their art form in different ways and represent the diversity of the spectrum of people with disabilities. Each artist has self-identified as a "person with a disability," and has shared their perspectives about how having a disability does (or does not) affect and shape them personally and as an artist. The artist’s statements and artwork in the exhibit are meant to open a discussion about the nature of disability in shaping a person’s identity.
Jan. 17, 2014
5:30 - 9 p.m.
The Council on
1151 S. 4th St.
Lexington Convention Center
401 W. Main St.
Capital Arts Center
416 E. Main Ave.
Bowling Green, Ky.
Artists and Selected Statements
"I am a late-deafened person; therefore, the language of art is my visual communication mode. I am the first deaf artist to receive a degree in art studio at the University of Kentucky, graduating magna cum laude in 2006. Clearly there is no barrier to appreciating a beautiful piece of art, whether in a tonal study, or of a painting of vibrant flowers, portraits or landscape paintings."
"My parents were artists and my involvement in art was natural and early. A childhood accident left me unable to see in three dimensions, and my art was expressionistic, reflecting the still-life world I lived in. Luckily, it did not affect my career as executive vice president for two major retailers in the U.S. and Canada."
Daressie (Elaine) Laird
"There is no bright line between the disabled and the non-disabled. We are all along a continuum of greater or lesser ability. And it is managing our place on that continuum that is the challenge. Do I consider myself disabled? Some days I do, when circumstances force me to acknowledge what I can no longer do, when living alone is not an option, when time in the studio evaporates as daily living and doctors appointments take up all my energy. Other days, with my hands in clay, or in the soil of the garden, or looking at amazing art, or the winter sky at dusk – for those moments it matters not."
"As you can see from my images in this exhibit, I like to go to my subject rather than have my subject come to me. It’s rarely easy these days, but it’s still well worth the effort."