Umm… can you tell me what you’re all saying?

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Of all the paintings I did for my exhibition, this is my favourite. I actually decided not to sell it – this one needs to live on my wall. The words read, ‘Umm… can you tell me what you’re all saying?’ These words reverbrate inside my head so often, in so many situations. But I only say them a small percentage of the time. I feel like a broken record. And so often when I do take a breath and ask, my words are ignored. It’s not just me – lots of Deaf people find this. It’s so annoying, the extra effort needed to include us, that people around us often end up blanking it out. This includes people who loves us and care deeply about us.

I’m asking you to go the extra mile. I know it’s annoying and hard, but it makes the biggest difference to me and other Deaf people. It’s even better when we don’t have to ask the question.

This painting is one of the pieces I’ve done for my exhibition, Looking Out… Looking In… which is is up at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne until 28th Sept and this Sunday we’re having a wrap up brunch. Come along if you’d like. Event details here.

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