I am an artist who harvests from nature and the industrial remains of humans. As in Esiaks: "The dust shall return to earth as it was." Before becoming dust I hope to give the remains a new life. Breathing a new life into visual language is the opportunity to be shamanic which is a welcoming thought. Shamans are known as people who understand their culture and community well and respond to it by using symbols and meanings. They are also known as intermediaries between human and spirit world, people like Beuys, Kandinsky, Smithson, Rauschenberg and Duchamp themselves are known shamanic artists.
My instincts act accordingly with the advantage of language, and being deaf, allows me to rely on the most primal language- the visual language. Cave paintings had hands of shamans spray on the walls. Thousands of years later those primal senses are carried on today. Life has given me an amazing gift. Deafness has defined me as a human who wants to share life's stories as we see it. The stories come from several sources of language- visual, American Sign Language, English, and stories translated into English from places far away.
Gathering stories as I work on my artwork will bring my thesis to life and that is to be shared on 3/12/2009.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Wood sculpture--Themes, motives; Wood sculpture--Technique; Shamanism in art; Deafness--Pictorial works; Deaf artists
Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
Quiroga, Jeremy, "Deaf Cuban-American Male Making Art" (2010). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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