See My Voice The large 1.6 metre tall glow worm that comes from my childhood toy from the 1980s is a depiction of my visual view of being heard as a Deaf person. Glow worms have always been a source of visualisation for me growing up. I saw it as a sound metaphor when I held it up by its hat and it spun around, and that looked like a sound to me. As I grew up, I started to associate a spinning noise with the visual of the glow worm. Recently I performed a dance and in Auslan with sculptures of smaller glow worms, about my experience of sound in a visual sense. The large glow worm became a resolved piece of the exploration of my sound visualisation and I realised that I need to be heard, my Deaf voice needs to be heard, my experiences need to be shared so people could have more understanding of Deaf people. We are still fairly oppressed and suppressed, audism happens all the time and my own experiences of that informed me that I had to create a sculpture to give a message of being heard.
The giant glow worm sculpture
Back of glow worm, zipper for switching light on and off inside
Glowing in the dark
Showing myself next to glow worm sculpture to show true size