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Right to Be Deaf Series
Painting No. 2 No to Eugenics

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No to Eugenics 11 inch by 14 inch oil on stretched canvas $125 click on image.

Description about the painting:
I am working on a series 'Right to Be Deaf', Painting No. 2 'No to Eugenics.' This painting is based on what is happening with new parents and 6 weeks to 18 months old babies in a hospital. This also refers to a cochlear implant that is installed the baby's brain. A stem cell experimental on Deaf babies is happening in the USA. The blue hand is the 'professionals' with the 'blue tape' latex glove. The blue tape refers to 'Mask of Benevolence.'

The Culturally Deaf person is at the left, signing 'NO' to the parent and the professionals. The parent is looking at the Deaf baby, expressing an uncertainly feeling, not knowing if s/he is doing the right choice for the Deaf child. Another expression can be: 'I'm doing what's best for my child,' 'I want my child to be normal.' The professional says 'I am eliminating deafness.' The Deaf person on the left says, 'Do not do this to your child. Your child has every right to be Deaf. Let your child learn American Sign Language and English first.'

This painting is from a Deaf perspective, on how they see issues that's been happening inside a hospital. The Early Hearing Detection Intervention leave out options that would help and give new parents suggestions on what is best for the Deaf baby. That includes teaching Cultural and Linguistics. Deafness is not a disease. Hospitals and audiologists lack informations on American Sign Language/English that are very beneficial for Deaf children.

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Nancy Rourke paintings copyright. 2012
Last updated January 20, 2012