Dyslexia Project 2012
As a dyslexic, I find it annoying with that label, some people will class someone with dyslexia as, “Not able to read,” or in cases, “Lazy/thick.”
I can read! I’ve written novels! There are other parts to dyslexia than just difficulty to read. The idea behind this project was to use books and to show people what some dyslexic people may experience and see.
Pressure isn’t a good thing. I think that’s the same for everyone, when your in an exam or on a time limit for something, the thought you will run out of time is constantly haunting you. This is the idea when reading a lot in little time when you cannot concentrate on the words, the time is all you can see. The words slowly swallow you up into a hole. In the silence the clock is all you can hear the more time that passes, the deeper into the book and hole you get. the louder it gets.
The Book Judges You-
Slow at reading? Not reading the right books for your age? It’s bad enough when other people notice these things. I know I’m quite fast at reading the problem I have is that I skip words or I can’t concentrate enough to focus on them. This was based on the idea that the words are staring at you. Even if you don’t pay the book enough attention the book is judging you because of this. Every page the eyes will be watching.
One viewer has told me about this work, “The judgy book resonates with some of the things some students of mine said – these students were learning disabled and had a very hard time reading, and one boy particularly frequently felt judged by long texts.”
Get Lost in a Book-
This one was based around the idea of getting lost in a story. Also as an author I get lost in my own work- I love escapism, I prefer to live in the fictional worlds, I create, than the real one- This piece can work in two ways; the normal- getting lost in a good book, being transported to that world the author created. Or the lost way where you get lost in the foreign world of just seeing the words on the paper and not understanding that. Both, ideas are worlds apart, one can direct someone to a more comfortable world, they will go through the trees and come out ok. The other creates a world of confusion they can spend hours trying to get through the trees and possibly come out worse unless they have help.
A book can come alive in our minds, each page can make up an image, a thought, a scene. Dyslexics can actually be imaginative- if you can’t understand what someone else is trying to say or write, make up your own world try and translate it into something you will understand. This piece is based on Edgar Allan Poe’s Raven. At first it seems like a haunting poem, like dyslexia it’s something that comes with it’s negative labels, but take away the labels underneath the Raven is a beautiful story. Same with dyslexia and any other illness such as mental illnesses, you take away the bad connotations/stigmas, you’ll surprise yourself with what you’ll find.
This piece was exhibited in a public shop in 2012, the tags attached to each book, were to tell viewers the name of each piece and also to explain in one sentence what the piece was supposed to depict.
– The box of plasters weren’t a part of the art piece, I wanted people to pick the books up and look in them… It was my idea of a joke- No one got a paper cut in the end