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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

This section of DAO provides disabled artists and writers with a space to give our readers an inside view of their art practice, share thoughts and receive comments and feedback.

These blogs provide an informative and entertaining insight into how disability and impairment are experienced from a disability perspective.

The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

 

Acorn; 3 Wishes

In which I consider the power of three and the rule of three. Unity, bonds, and karma before settling for an atheists fairy tale. Incidentally, its bad news for the acorns this year. Acorn: 3 Wishes When very young Innumerate, illiterate and stammering most excellently The good mother came by, lampless And just for the fun of it Awarded me three ...

Take that!

There were some very positive moments at London Disability News. A man with MS, John Jevvons, called me and asked me to report on the way he was being treated by his local authority in South London.  He got around his flat in Walworth using a walker that looked very like a supermarket trolley. When he ...

The Ruined Child

When I go to the psychiatrist or doctor, they don't know what to do with me as I have had all they can offer. People think I am functional because of my creative output, but few know the slippery wall I ascend on a daily basis. That I think of ending it on a daily ...

Loving Music Hating Racism

As I said in a previous blog I write and perform for LMHR (Love Music Hate Racism) and was fortunate to meet and subsequently get to know Basil Gabiddon from Steel Pulse - a stalwart of the Raggae scene. He is a Brummie Legend who was at the forefront of Stand up to Racism in ...

Signs: Of UP and down

A negative sign, not because of what it says but where it is, within the otherwise wonderful Photographer's Gallery, painted close to the ceiling...... just where many of us won't see it. So rather than dwell on the down side i look for the positive. I use songs, I use sayings. Signs: Of Up and Down Down Down Down And ...

The Crown of Crohn’s Disease

It hurts Waves of pain Rain an assault Fistulizing Intestines wrenching A colon's Indian sunburn It is invisible Constant and unyielding The beautiful illusion on the outside Holds the ugly masterpiece within It forces food into an enemy What sustains induces more pain Does not nourish Not eating is no option Is no cure Is no solution The body feeds on itself Gnawing on disease The crown of Crohn's Disease Unwanted adornment A mind that ...

New Art Project

It’s been quite some time since my last blog, 2017 proved to be a very difficult year with my condition and other factors hitting hard. I was only able to complete one painting but I did manage to exhibit it at the Leicester New Walk Museum and Art Gallery for the LSA show, I even ...

A Map of Tears

We all cry, but where can we cry without shame? In a locked room, stepping away from the world. But even the shame is within our lonely skins. At a recent workshop I did, a young woman with mental health problems said whenever she cried she was made to feel shame, and didn't know where she ...

Declaration 3: Pronounced Resting

Here's another one from that conservation battle that is gaining momentum in the local streets. All for a tree, all for a square, all for a town hall. The way these things represent our lives. I'm particularly happy to represent this one here. There's the line 'proud angry and strong'. Every time, I hear that I ...

Valentine Today

Feeling somewhat low today, reflecting on love and the myth of Valentine's Day Valentine Today Valentine is in his self built cell today Tortured by his own hard surface Covered by a coarse, hair shirt A poor man’s blanket, useless In the cold, the sun hangs low Confounding his usually lucid vision Of love, which he suddenly doubts To the point, of losing his ...