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Deaf Politics:
Struggled Puppets

Struggled Puppets 30 inch by 40 inch oil on stretched canvas $900 click on image.

Description about the painting:
This painting is about Audism and what is happening today in the Deaf community that they are treated as 'pulled string puppets' controlled by the oralism, that is AGBell, mainstreamed programs, the professionals, etc., who do not support America Sign Language, or respect their Deaf culture. This has been going on for years. The blue painter tape wrapped around hands means Deaf children are not allowed to sign. They must learn to speak and listen as AGBell said, 'we should try ourselves to forget that they are deaf. We should teach them to forget that they are deaf.'

The painting is about what the Deaf community feels and how they have been struggling to overcome oralism for years. The two Deaf persons are tangled with strings and are pulling down the strings from the controllers, to stop them from oppressing them.

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Nancy Rourke paintings copyright. 2011
Last updated September 2, 2011