Artwork Images for Arts and Disability Initiative
Images include previous works and videos of my performance works
Chelle Destefano's artwork images (5 total)
1. My Deaf Identity, (Auslan Sign Words sculpture set); paper, plaster, paint; 2019; dimensions variable between 10 - 15 cm
This first set is "I'm Deaf, my 'identity'. Communicate With Me In Auslan My Friend. How are you?", painted in white, to go on the white wall as a way of fitting into the Deaf community. This work was a finalist in the Banyule Art Prize for works on paper, 2019.
2. Powerful She (Auslan Sign Words sculpture installation); paper, fabric, plaster, paint, gold leaf; 2020; 90 x 90 cm
This piece was created as response to gender identity and struggles of being Deaf in a hearing dominated world. It has influences of Yayoi Kusama as I relate to her in the way of experiencing gender inequality and struggles as a person with a disability. This work also relates to spatiality of language, the power of visualising words. The words in this set are "My" "Identity" "As A" "Woman" "Is Very" "Powerful" "As Is" "Access" "To My" "Inner" "Child". This work is a finalist in the Midsumma Australia Post Art Award 2020.
3. The Deaf Social (sculpture installation); paper, plaster, fabric, gold leaf, pencil, charcoal, gouache; 2019; 90x90 cm
These sculptures were created from the Auslan Movement performance, and then made into this art installation on paper, with some drawings of Auslan sculptures on the sheet of paper, among the sculptures, to depict the Deaf social culture. This work points towards the direction of development of spatiality of movement and language and gives a glimpse into the ideas of visualising the feel of sound, spatiality of sound felt by a Deaf person. This work was a finalist in the Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award in 2019.
4. The Auslan Movement (performance); Fringe Melbourne 2019; video 4 minutes of best parts
This is a video of my performance I did during the Fringe festival 2019 in Melbourne at Brunswick Mechanics Institute, and I performed short stories of growing up Deaf and incorporated sculpture making during the storytelling acts, creating a paper sculpture for key words of each story.
5. Working drawings and working sculpture images of visual spatiality of sounds; 2020; 40 x 30 cm (drawings) 20 x 15 (sculpture)
These would be translated into large sculptural pieces across a gallery room, using varied mediums that include clay, wire, wood, resin, paper and found objects. Large drawings of each sound visualisation will also inform of our research and collaboration with sound spatiality.