Artwork Images for Arts and Disability Initiative
Images include previous works and videos of my performance works
Chelle Destefano's artwork images (10 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. See My Voice; fabric, stuffing, lamp light, wood; 2023; 160 x 90 cm
This piece was created as response to being oppressed, suppressed, not heard, not listened to, audism and makes a statement of saying listen to my voice, see my voice. This glow worm is a large scale sculpture of 1.6 metres tall and nearly 1 metre wide, and its size is the statement of saying listen to me. We are Deaf but we are visible. More on this sculpture at this page link.
3. Field of Sound Visualisation installation; Temperance Hall, South Melbourne; Video, textile sculptures (these glow worms are small 40 x 20 cm), electrical items; Live performance (see video below in image 4); 2023
4. Field of Sound Visualisation Live Performance within sculptural installation; Temperance Hall, South Melbourne; Video of live performance; duration 40 minutes but only watch 3 minutes.
Video link - https://youtu.be/Bw-6MLwny9o?t=572 (Please watch from 9:32 to 12:35)
5. Deaf Performers; textile sculpture (felt, fabric, textile pieces); 2020; 12 x 7 cm each
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Deaf Culture Shock; pencil, pastel and charcoal on paper; 2019; 76 x 50 cm
9. Safe Space from Audism; fabric and yarn; 2020; 15 x 15 x 15 cm
10. Audist College; textile and performance video installation; textiles and video; 2021