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Final Project Jenny Jiang

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Hi everyone, my final project talks about the relationship between art and disability, since we've been discussing CCW and multiple mediums of art that the community have created and its such a vibrant field to dig deeper in. This is a narrated PPT, where each slide accompanies a short audio clip that once you click on it, plays the presentation for the slide. Hope you enjoy!



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This is an incredible final project. It is a topic usually neglected in higher education or in eduation in general. Budget cuts are usually forcing schools to choose what is most 'important' to their student’s education. I attended a public high school and from what I could remember they only offered 2 art classes. One was a regular art class and the other was a screen printing class. Although this is amazing, this mean that only visual art classes were offered (excluding theatre and dance). Therefore, it is difficult not to think how will people learn about the history of art more specially art and disability. 

I enjoyed slide 4 where you talk about scultputures in antiquity. You stated that sculputures are "sculpted as able-bodied figure, abided by the aesthetics of the time. Focus on what is left, inside of what went missing." The ladder sentence is every intriguing  because I would not be fixated on what is missing. In other word I do look at the art piece as "incomplete". The sculptures send a message and express the ideas of the artist. The sculptures convey religious, cultural, and societal beliefs. It is devastating that the sculptures as you mentions pushed the ideologies of what people perceieved to be the ideal body. I decided to do a quick Google search of sculptures that represented poeple with disabilties. I will attach the link below of an art piece that I enjoyed to learn about. It was the exhibition of Mark Quinn's Alison Lapper pregnant in Trafalgar Square between 2005 and 2007. It was a ginormous fourty-three-foot-high inflatable. It is an icon of bodily difference and appeared during the opening ceremony of the London Paralympic Games in 2012. However, the art piece is controversy over the aesthetic value of Quinn’s work. 

Overall, I really did enjoy your presenation and it got me thinking a lot about art and diability.