Their art speaks louder than words

Their art speaks louder than words

'Quiet' a talent

Their art speaks louder than words

 Picture this. The ear is seen behind a closed but transparent window. Surrounded by it are the images of firecrackers bursting, strings of guitar, lightning and alarm clock among others. 

The painting titled ‘Cannot hear sounds’ is the work of Jyothi Kumar, a Bangalore-based speech-and-hearing-impaired painter. The artist makes a fine effort to convey a message that all sounds cannot travel through the ear.

Another painting titled ‘Creative Eye’ shows the image of an eye. Unlike the first painting, this canvas gives out a positive message, conveying that the hearing-impaired use their vision, instead, to understand the happenings around them.

Prominent places

Similarly, artist N Savithri, who has done a course in ‘lip reading and communication therapy’ from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing in Mysore, showcases her works such as the Rajasthan Puppets, the Bugle Rock of Basavanagudi and other prominent places of the City.

83 works on display

Around 83 paintings by persons with speech and hearing disabilities are on display at the KalaRasa Art House in the City.

The Foundation for Art and Culture for Deaf (FACD), a not-for-profit organisation, has roped in persons with hearing impairment who have an artistic bent of mind to showcase their works.

One of the directors of FACD, Girija Umesh, said, “We have 14 artists, aged between 18 and 50, taking part in the exhibition. Of them, eight are from the City and the rest from Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Odisha, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.”

All paintings are up for sale and the proceeds will go to the artists, Girija Umesh added. The painting exhibition, at KalaRasa Art House, Jayanagar 4th Block, 11th Main, is open for public viewing, from 10 am to 8 pm, till November 5.

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