Signal Language and my drawings

For my final exhibition I was quite troubled for ideas because although I love producing hand drawings using charcoal, I wasn’t sure how to confine them into an idea. After talking with tutors and other students about what we use our hands for. Gestures and language use the hands on. regular basis.

Signal language is used everyday by more and more people in today’s society because it is the biggest aid for the hearing impaired. I have spoken to a student who has struggled with a hearing impairment throughout her childhood however, she did not find out about the condition until she was fifteen years old. I asked her about how it affected her mental health and whether knowing she had the condition helped or whether it made things worse. She replied with a decline in her mental health and that it prevented her from her future career in the RAF. She explained how now she has comes to terms with it and has had surgery to help with this disorder. I asked how growing up was difficult, with a reply of “I was tested for iron deficiency and anaemia because I would always come home from school super tired but it was actually from trying to lip read all day”.

I have decided to create a few different phrases with my drawings. The first sequence I am drawing is “I am fine”, a phrase constantly used by people who aren’t actually ‘fine’. The reason for creating this kind of art is to link it back to art therapy and how an individual could express these phrases they may say to their therapists through artistic creation.

Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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