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Dorothy Miles

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Dorothy Miles 8 inch by 10 inch oil on stretched canvas SOLD click on image.


Description about the painting:

This painting is about Dorothy Miles, ASL poet, from England. In 1974, she had commented that Deaf Art has three categories. Here are her comments:

"In the first category, we can not distinguish that artworks are made by Deafs, one would think they were made by hearing, or whatever. It may be, for example paints flowers, landscapes, portraits or other ... 

In the second category, we don't really distinguish directly that they were made by the deaf, but we can see that there is a link with the experiences of the deaf. I already had the experience to feel the same as the artist wants to express in his work. 

In the third category, we can easily see that this is Deaf Art. Because we can see their experience as well as various symbols which clearly show that artist is deaf : for example, hands, which are obviously Sign Language. Or ears, which are linked to deafness and hearing. The symbol of the mouth is related to the oralism time. And various symbols that make us easily see that these artworks are created by deaf people."

Dorothy passed away in 1993.

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Last updated July 19, 2011