Laurie Rose Monahan
Since I received my B.F.A. degree in Fine Arts Studio at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) I have been learning about painting, new forms and printmaking to employ different media to show a variety of self-expression, which creates an opportunity for me to communicate visually about my childhood experience for various De’VIA exhibitions.
I have been involved with the art movement, Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA) for a few years. It positively changed my life. De’VIA gave me encouragement and strength through empowerment to illustrate my feelings about the struggles as I had while growing up as a Deaf individual in a hearing family. My senior thesis focused on the theme of my journey and experiences as a Deaf child during the 1970-1980’s. Unfortunately, I was an unintentional recipient of Oralism Oppression at a young age. To elaborate, historically speaking, I grew up learning how to pronounce correct sounds, wore hearing aids, attended countless speech therapy appointments; yet, I wasn’t able to communicate with my own family!
The expression of my past experiences as a deaf isolated child as well as my evolution and the evolution of our communities (especially the LGBTQ community via my Queer De’VIA) are explored through my visual emphasis in my work.
“Birthday Girl” (2015)
18″ x 24″
Birthday Girl is a self-portrait of me as a six years old, I wanted to show my reflection on how I felt humiliated through an image of this flickering red light above me “HI! I am Deaf” when I was wearing big hearing aid box on my chest in public. The painting is about me being an isolated, depressed young girl with either a party or dunce hat.
Queer De’VIA Series
“Love Versus Hate”
“Our Rights” (Rourkism Style)
Yarn, ribbons and paper mache hand
“What are you looking at?”
ASL Expressions Mask
Paper Mache and paint
“My Life” (2015)
32” h x 22” w x 15” d
Night stand only for sale: $120
I saw Martha Glowacki’s My Arcadia exhibition at Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin and I was touched by her work. This memory of her work had inspired me to create my masterpiece, My Life. This art piece involved an old jewelry box on top of a night stand with drawers with my past items, hearing aids, batteries, evaluation papers, old drawing pad and few more items that were associated with my childhood to show how those items influenced my sense of self as a deaf child. Those items gave the attendees an opportunity to open the drawers, read the papers, and look at the pictures to gain some insights into my journey as a deaf child. Also there are several pictures of me growing up on the wall as well.
“C. Valli Way”
“ASL Forever” In Honor of Veditz
digital illustration poster
“Greedy Ear” (2015)
16″ x 20″
Lastly, Greedy Ear, an illustration to printmaking print of an huge ear on the top of the head with hearing aid batteries on the face. The goal of this artwork was meant to show how a person who was being obsessive to fix their ear problems and seemed to be overlooked by not seeing better approaches to deal with his or her deafness instead of medical approaches through hearing aid(s).