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In December 2021 we hosted an exhibition called What Disability?!? in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities which is celebrated annually on December 3rd. 

We weren't ready to end the exhibit so this is a smaller version featuring 8 of the 16 artists from the December exhibition.  You can see the original exhibition by clicking HERE.

For more information about International Day of Persons with Disabilities visit:

www.idpwd.org

www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-3-december.html 

www.who.int/campaigns/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities

www.twinkl.ca/event/international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities-2021

The exhibition

Please note that prices do not include shipping and handling costs.

Email us at outsidersandothers@gmail.com for a quote. Include your mailing address. 

*Also note that some artworks are prices in US dollars and some are in Canadian dollars. This is because we have artists from both countries in the exhibition. 

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Ellen Mansfield

The Eyeth Day

12” x 12”

Ink, pastel, acrylic, on canvas

SOLD

"By celebrating the sign language and culture of Deaf people, I can affirm our unique ways of being in the world."

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Kelly Farrell

Nova Scotia Boat Fish

12” x 15” framed

Print

"I love painting and taking photos with my camera. I paint what I see. Places I have been and things I have done, what makes me happy or laugh or things I hope to see. I love hot weather. I love Florida and palm trees. I love painting houses, especially all the homes in L’Arche Antigonish. I love showing my paintings to everyone, especially family and friends. "

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Bart Vulliamy

Tracks 3

16” x 20” framed

Photograph

"As an autistic person, it is important for me to bring aware and education to the reality of neurodiversity. Through education, and getting to know the individual, we can break down the stigmatization of autistic people and other misunderstood disabilities. "

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Mike Levin

G99

20” x 16” framed

Ink on paper

"I have a permanent mental health disability that interferes with my life. When I’m not being interfered by it, I love to paint and draw which usually comes as a strong push to get things done. I am mostly self-taught but have recently gone to Art School. I have exhibited mostly with other mental health clients since 2006, though I have had a few shows outside this paradigm.  Disability is a strong word, however it doesn’t influence me; it is me and I’ve learned to accept the battles that I have to win or walk away alive and pumped to get back into living: which is usually in a form of painting and drawing for myself. 

 

I did a series of late to do with the construction boom; like the rush and accelerated rate of which it is evolving our city, my hope is that I have reflected that in some way. "

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Ysabelle Vautour

Rockstar

9” x 12”

Gouache on paper

"I started out making art for myself as a kind of therapy so a lot of the art that I have been showing was not intended for an audience. This year’s artist in residence theme was looking inward-looking outward. I choose to look at disability in the media. Looking outward is the media portraits and looking inward is my personal reflection on it as a person with lived experience of disability. 

 

I have an art journal where I collect ideas for themes and patterns. I use it as part of my artistic process. I love to learn and chat with artists. I find I can generate ideas just with conversation. I am fascinated with collaboration I think it's so magical when it all comes together. 

 

I used to work as a crisis intervener. I learned that we all want to feel understood, heard, and seen and that most people have a hard time saying what they mean and an even harder time talking about their feelings and experiences. 

 

I agree with Carl Jung that loneliness isn’t the absence of people; it’s the inability to express what’s important to us. As an artist, I am interested in people’s personal experiences and the things that haven’t yet been defined. What aren’t you talking about because no one is asking? I gravitate towards disability arts. I think innovation is what we need for accessibility to truly work. I want us to think about accessibility differently, and what better to explore that than through art. 

 

My visual impairment affects the way I see light and colours. I am very sensitive to light. Its changing reflection affects my mood. Because I can’t see colours, I am more interested in a person’s energy, and what lies inside waiting to be expressed.

 

I have always been fascinated by faces and what feelings they convey, and how I feel while I paint them. It’s a silent dialogue as one minor stroke can change the expression on someone’s face completely. I paint intuitively, allowing space for what is about to surface. I often feel like it’s my job as an artist to be an active listener to what’s going on at any given moment. 

 

My creativity takes many forms: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, poetry, improv, and partner dancing, specifically swing and blues."

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Yaho Fiwchuk

Circle Meshed Edges

16" x 20"

Acrylic and ink on paper

"I am a self-educated struggling artist- I started Art School but got sick and couldn’t finish (I have a mental illness and diabetes). I work when I’m not psychotic although traces of psychoses are found in some of my work which makes it very personal, as well as original. I try to avoid contact with the contemporary art scene to avoid being influenced that way."

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Athena Cooper

Hint of Gold

8” x 8"

Acrylic on canvas

Athena Cooper is a professional artist and therapeutic arts practitioner based in Calgary, Canada. Her artwork is strongly influenced by her love of the vibrant colours and interplay of light found in stained glass.


Born with the rare genetic disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (aka ‘brittle bone disease’), and a wheelchair-user since the age of six, the images Athena creates appear as though they have been passed through her own glass-like nature to become windows into how she sees the world.

Please note that prices do not include shipping and handling costs.

Email us at outsidersandothers@gmail.com for a quote. Include your mailing address. 

 

*Also note that some artworks are prices in US dollars and some are in Canadian dollars. This is because we have artists from both countries in the exhibition.