Portraits of people with disabilities

Paul, 36 x 24, acrylic, c.1993

 

Celeste #1 Bruckner, c.1999

 

Celeste #2, acrylic 40 x 30, Bruckner c.2007

 

Jan, 60 x 36, acrylic, Bruckner 2001, 2004

 

Michael #1, 17 x 14, acrylic on paper, c.1997

 

Joi #2, 17 x 14, graphite on paper, Bruckner 1997

 

Joi #1, Bruckner 1997

 

Leroy#1_1997

 

Leroy, 36 x 24, acrylic, Bruckner 1997

 

Self-Portrait, 72x36, acrylic (unfinished) 2011As an artist who has a lifelong visible disability, I have been acutely aware of the patronizing, objectifying ways in which others often depict us.  As an alternative, over the past 25 years I have been creating an extensive series of portraits of people with disabilities.  Because our lives are neither pitiable nor inspiring, I have attempted to convey images of our ordinary dignity, humanity and self-respect.   The people in the paintings gaze back at viewers with as much curiosity and interest as viewers may have while looking at them.