Scholar Artwork

The artwork below was created by undergraduate students with a learning disability from the University of Florida CS3LD project and edited by project personnel for dissemination.

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“Messy Room”

“Having ADD is like having a messy room in your brain. You have everything you need, it just takes longer to find it.”

 

 

 

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“Normality”

Artist’s interpretation:  “When we see each other, we should realize that there is something different in all of us.  We should not fear the difference.  We should embrace it, and educate others so that there will be no difference.”

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster Normality_11x17

 

 

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“The Forest of personal Perceptions”

Interpretation from interview with artist: This is the forest of personal perceptions. The branches depict thoughts that hinder the artist from reaching their aspirations.

“Sometimes I get moments where I feel really confident and I feel like I am breaking out of the trees and really the light is coming through the trees and it’s almost like an opening … because the sun is beautiful, and I want to reach out to it, but sometimes I get pulled back” – Artist

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster Forest of Personal Perceptions_11x17

 

 

 

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“The Scenic Route”

Artist’s interpretation: “Having ADD is like always taking the scenic route. You come across a lot of cool ideas that you wouldn’t have otherwise, but there’s never the option to take the interstate.”

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster Scenic Route_11x17

 

 

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“Internal Discord”

Artist’s interpretation: “My life living with a learning disability. The mountains represent the highs and strengths in my life while the water represents the lows and weaknesses in my life. Within the mountains I included musical notes, an hourglass, and a speech bubble. Each of these images represent a strength. Musical note: Music comes easily to me. Hourglass: Because of my LD I have become good at managing my time. Speech bubble: I have strong communication skills. Inside the water I depicted a feather and inkbottle, a map, a math notebook, and a hand doing sign language. Feather and inkbottle: I have a difficult time completing tasks that deal with writing. Map: My visual-spatial skills are weak which means I struggle with directions.  Math notebook: Math is extremely complicated for me. Hand portraying sign language: sometimes it is hard for me to pick up on nonverbal cues. ”

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster  Internal Discord_11x17

 

 

 

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“Living Distress”

Artist’s interpretation: “The piece is representative of a person with a learning disability. The words scattered around the main plate are words that an individual with a learning disability may use to define themselves, associate with their disability, or describe their feelings and thoughts. The orientation shows how the individual interacts with the overwhelming barrage of thoughts and feelings. The square inscribed in the center of the rectangle is symbolic of the individual dealing with, and overcoming, the learning disability, as well as the emotions associated with it.”

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster Living Distress_11x17

 

 

 

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“Exposed”

Artist’s interpretation:
I was sitting in a classroom where everyone knew my name.
I was sitting in a classroom where everyone knew my face.
On this day, my name was brought up in conversation twice by my professor.
Along with the words accommodations, quizzes, exams, and DRC student.
“She has extended time on quizzes”
“She needs to start taking them in my office”
“What’s the students name again?”
A conversation as confidential as disclosing a persons disability, should never be discussed in the middle of a classroom full of students during class time.
I’m never one to be easily embarrassed. But when my biggest secret was spontaneously revealed, emotions of humiliation and shame were challenging to conceal.
On this day, I was sitting in a room where my privacy was exposed.
I was sitting in a room where part of my identity was now well known.

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster Exposed_11x17

 

 

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“Tornado”

Artist’s interpretation: “I’ve always felt like dyslexia is like having a tornado in your head. Things go in the right way, but come out strangely, like they have randomly been blown around. It can put you in a dark place, which is why I picked a darker color scheme for the background.”

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster Tornado_11x17

 

 

 

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“Learning Disability”

Artist’s interpretation: “This painting is about intersectionality LGBT+ and learning disorders are often seen as mutually exclusive when they are not.”

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster Learning Disability_11x17

 

 

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“Drifting Thoughts”

Artist’s interpretation:: “My drawing is trying to portray what it is like for me to concentrate in class.”

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster Drifting Thoughts_11x17

 

 

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“Horizons”

Interpretation from artist: Disability is often characterized by the often times messy appearance it gives on the outside. I wanted to show that a mind with LD is beautiful on the inside. I drew a horizon in the brain to show that the possibilities are endless and that even though it gets cloudy, the horizon is bright.

Click on the following link to download an 11×17 printable poster Horizons_11x17

 

 

 

The following drawings were created by CS³LD Scholars and edited by project personnel for dissemination in the form of canvas prints with descriptive summaries on the prints from the artists.  These prints were displayed at the Harn Museum of Art from October 30th to December 10th, 2015.

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“Eyes”

“Even though there are … hindrances for a bit, it’s supposed to represent that there can be…beauty through the eye [of the beholder] as well”.

Interpretation from interview with artist: Take a glimpse and see the differences in the eyes above. The left eye depicts a typical brain scan while the right eye depicts a brain scan of a person with OCD [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder]. As portrayed, a larger portion of the right eye is lit up, representing more activity and thoughts being stimulated in the OCD brain. This depiction of brain activity is also applicable to other psychological disabilities as well, not just OCD.

 

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“The DRC”

Interpretation from interview with artist: Take a closer look and see if you are able to decipher what translates into the mind of someone with a learning disability. Are you able to do it? Now take a look through the magnifying glass for a glimpse of what the D.R.C [Disability Resource Center] is able to do.

 

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“The Forest of personal Perceptions”

Interpretation from interview with artist: This is the forest of personal perceptions. The branches depict thoughts that hinder the artist from reaching their aspirations.

“Sometimes I get moments where I feel really confident and I feel like I am breaking out of the trees and really the light is coming through the trees and it’s almost like an opening … because the sun is beautiful, and I want to reach out to it, but sometimes I get pulled back” – Artist

 

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“The SS World”

Interpretation from interview with artist: A student is drowning in the sea of academics while reaching for the S.S. World Ship. However, along with tossing the life saver into the water, the ship continues to throw more books and academic pieces overboard. This is the artist’s rendition of learning disabilities.

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