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Looking back: Deaf artist, activist raises awareness – Ellen Mansfield



Purdue Exponent 
Dec 15, 2015

In October, deaf artist Ellen Mansfield spoke about how she uses her art to inform the hearing population about deaf culture and to end oppression in the deaf community. Mansfield was invited to speak at Krach Leadership Center by the Purdue ASL club.

Mansfield is a part of De’VIA (Deaf View/Image Art), a group of artists who use their art to express their experience being deaf.

“It was expanded upon to incorporate acting and writing, and it emphasizes the importance of all of the things that are the deaf experience,” said Mansfield through her interpreter.

De’VIA art involves repeated features such as the use of eyes, mouths, ears and hands. Many of the motifs used also involve animals.

“Animals like bees, butterflies, turtles and snakes don’t have hearing at all. Deaf artists apply that to their artwork as a sort of symbolism,” said Mansfield.

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