Distillery District - DEAF CULTURE CENTRE
Identity in Place
Julia Lee Patterson - Toronto, Canada
Photo: Joanne Patterson
Powerful sculptural installations tell their own stories of Deaf identity. Sculptures featured include a memorial to 28 Deaf children who died in a fire in a Russian school, and a tribute to the Deaf Tree Twins who seeded the famous Redwood Park in BC.
Powerful sculptural installations tell their own stories of Deaf identity and how those whose identities are not accommodated are not in place. Sculptures featured include Oh, How He Danced, a memorial to 28 Deaf children who died in darkness amidst a fire in a Russian school, and Tree House, a tribute to the Deaf Tree Twins who seeded the famous Redwood Park in BC. Killick is based on the stone weight used as an anchor in Newfoundland fishing boats, cast by the artist as a bronze relief with an ear. The sculpture is a metaphor for her need to feel anchored to language and for the futility of using sound to do so. Earmold and Soapstone, larger than life sculptures, each provide a medium for transformation of the ear as a source of negativity in the artists’ life into a reshaped identity as a person whose needs have not been met by the culture around her.
The beautiful DEAF CULTURE CENTRE GALLERY will feature five contemporary sculptures by national award winning 2013 Deaf visual artist, Julia Patterson, in the context of Canadian Deaf artists featured around the gallery perimeter. The sculptor, Julia will be available throughout the night to provide additional artist insights and will provide artist talks (with an English/ASL interpreter) at 7:30 pm, 9:00 pm, 11:00 pm and 1:00 am.
Parental guidance advised
Distillery District - DEAF CULTURE CENTRE, 34 Distillery Lane (Accessible from the south parking lot of the Distillery District), 416
This project is indoors.