“Concussion” by Jessica Chow
Medium: black porous-point pen on paper, printed on board.
The work is a black and white square art print that measures 30 by 30 inches, around the size of a coffee tabletop. There is a visual assault of complex and crowded imagery, at the upper far right corner of the artwork, little squares with simple dot and line faces line the perimeter going straight down. At the very top is several imagined images of simple mythological creatures floating in outer space, including a flying shopping cart, vegetables and fruits escaping the cart and a small child-size stick figure points at the floating groceries. In the center of the work, a large arc defines the image. It looks like a bird with one eye and a beak, or like a curved window out of the cockpit of an airplane. A cat like figure rests immediately below the avian-like curve in the center. A person also navigates a floating maze, while a different stick-figure person fishes in the depths of the artwork, but the fishing line connects back to the fisher-stick figure. At the bottom of the artwork, there are various images including a dragon exhaling a pocket of fire, within the pocket of fire a small stick figure person lounges around drinking soda, alien spaceships abducting an unusually large baguette, a person sits and stares at the stars, lines and curves and strange creatures fill in all the nooks and crannies of the rest of the space.
“Pixelation of the Left Hip” by Betty Nguyen
Medium: digital art giclee print.
An orchid with two flowers in front of a red background. One flower is smoothly colored and shaded with layers of yellow, green, and blue, speckled with black near the center, and highlighted with white. The other flower is constructed with large blocks of the same colors, which gives it angular edges. The flowers, stem, and one large leaf that is comprised of blue, green and red stripes emerges from an oblong vase that has a wavy geometric pattern of colors.
“Loss of Control/Control ” by Jaqueline Garcia Peraza
Medium: coloured pencil on black paper.
The artwork is comprised of a pink and white peony in the middle, and two severed arms with their hands oriented away form the peony. One hand points towards the top left of the paper and the other to the bottom right of the paper. Each arm has a black hole near the base. The lighting for the arms is radiating from the peony. On the bottom left and top right are abstract style clouds, where there is a cloud shape but it is only a gradient. The artwork drawn realistically but not photorealistically.
“i am not dead just tired and ugly please let me sleep” by CAIRO MO
Medium: oil on canvas.
This piece explores the way my experiences on the autistic spectrum colours and distorts my view of the world. The fractured light and dreamy palette on my face are juxtaposed with a warped and unrealistic body, creating a sense of tension between the outside world and my internal consciousness.
“Art in My Mental” by Nicholas Robles
Medium: linocut oil prints.
1 A small right triangle sits at the bottom corner of a rectangular hole on the ground with despair carved underneath the side view of this pit/hole.
2 A repeated series of seven horned, winged snake demons float about the paper.
3 A humanoid figure holds its arms out to rest on its hips. The space created between the arms and torso is slightly filled in.
4 A human face showing slight despair is seen through the eye and mouth holes of a mask that smiles.
5 A large triangle with multiple scars throughout is missing a smaller triangle that is also scarred, floating off to the left.
6 Repeated men in suit seen from the torso up as they look down. Thought bubbles rise up from their head to a blank larger cloud above each.
7 Look all around at every demon, summing them all up please call me riemann, doing math in my head, too crowded with these hellish thoughts, the dark clouds feel like lead, love and self worth begin to rot, can’t keep anything alive let it all go to waste, people keep on going no new friends they’re cut and paste, emotions made like thick paste, hold up clog up life slows down won’t make it to see my cap and gown, help pull me up from this pit, this deep depression fit, drowning in myself pushed under, by so many clapping hands making thunder, applauding nothing but themselves because it doesn’t matter, money drugs God, only need the latter, higher power stands down there waiting, I saw his face smiling light, “Help, pull me up from this pit,” he said, “you’re worth it every bit.” I now stand with the higher power, live fully now for every hour, demons expelled by the power of love, don’t abandon me, I won’t abandon you, let’s fly up to light like a dove, I believe in you, I truly do.
8 A list of repeated check boxes with the phrase “I have been lonely before” following.
9 A myriad of triangles depict storm clouds above a dark sky with rain. Sun rays emanate from the top right corner to begin to pierce through the clouds.
10 An isosceles right triangle in black sits with its hypotenuse rising up to the right. Within the triangle, “All Good” is carved to take up the space.
“This is Disability” by Rosa Melero
Medium: photography and water color.
This is the first poster in a series. Each poster has the same blue background and the same title in large black letters that spell out “This is Disability.” This photo is of a woman leaning against a gray concrete wall with brown curly hair, light skin, and large glasses. She is wearing a gray dress and a thick mustard yellow coat. In her hands is a open book. The caption under the photo says, “Just because I am dyslexic, doesn’t mean I’m not smart.” Signed, Rosa.
This is the second poster in the series. It has the same blue background as the others and the same title in large black letters, which read “This is Disability.” This photo is of a smiling woman with dark straight hair and dark olive skin, who is sitting at a desk facing us. She is wearing a black shirt with a large green leaf pattern on it. Her hand rests on a the desk next to her, which holds trays of microscope slides, a large microscope, small glass bottles and a funnel. Below the picture her quote says, “I’m proud to be dyslexic. I love research because it has allowed me to move beyond my disability and be successful as a scientist. At times, I struggle, but that just makes every little success more meaningful. I want to help others leverage their strengths that come with being differently abled and continue to shatter any misconceptions about people with disabilities.” Signed, Sami.
This is the third poster in the series and has the same blue background and the same title in large black letters that reads “This is Disability.” The image in the middle of the poster shows a woman with dark hair and light skin sitting, legs crossed, on a couch cradling a furry brown and black cat. She is wearing a loose airy white sweater. The room behind her is white, and sun rays beam along the wall. The quote below says, “Having a emotional support animal has helped me a lot during my time as a student. There definitely needs to be more awareness and visibility of disabled people on [the UC Santa Cruz campus] but students should know that accommodations are a right not a privilege. While advocacy might be intimidating, never be afraid to speak for yourself and for your needs. Being a disabled student is powerful!” Signed, Carolina.
This is the fourth poster in the series that has the same blue background and the same title in large black letters that states “This is Disability.” The photo at the center of the poster depicts a smiling women with brown curly hair and brown skin. She is wearing a black and white striped T-shirt, black jeans, and black sneakers. She is sitting on a green chair with books, paper, and highlighters spread out on the table in front of her. In one hand she holds up a notebook with lines of writing, and the occasional highlighted section here and there. In the other hand she cradles a small reddish-brown dog with a white muzzle. The dog seems to be smiling at the camera as well. Under her photo the caption reads, “Living with an invisible disability is challenging, but thanks to my Emotional Support Animal, Matilda, I don’t have to do it alone.”
This is the fifth poster in the series that has the same blue background and the same title in large black letters that says “This is Disability.” The photo at the center of the poster depicts a person from the torso to just below the knees. The person is wearing a gray sweater, black jeans, and a green jacket. At their sides, the person’s hands are balled into fists. In the background we see trees and a stairway cast in sunshine and shadows. The caption below their photo reads, “I don’t believe I’m disabled, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. But I was labeled as such because I preformed disparately on tests. And it’s often that matter of divergence that constructs the idea of disability.”
This is the sixth poster in the series that has the same blue background and the same title in large black letters saying “This is Disability.” The photo at the center of the poster depicts a women sitting on top of a low concrete wall, she has light blond hair and is wearing a knee-length red floral dress with a light blue jean jacket, and brown leather shoes. We can not see her face, as the photo cuts off right below her chin.The quote below the photo reads “ADHD is a weird disorder for college students; you come here to learn but that’s what you’re worst at. I struggle with the simplest things every day, and it’s frustrating. I’m optimistic though. I got accepted to this school with it and my grades are really good, so I’m just moving onward and upward from here.”
This is the seventh poster in the series that has the same blue background and the same title in large black letters spelling the phrase “This is Disability.” The photo at the center of the poster depicts a tall man sitting on a staircase with his legs stretched out in front of him and his arms resting on his knees. He has brown skin and dark brown dreadlocks,with a pair of glasses framing his smiling face. He wears a blue t-shirt and black basketball shorts. There is a redwood forest behind him. The quote below the picture says “Never give up on your dreams, because your dreams will never give up on you.”
This is the eighth poster in the series that has the same blue background and the same title in large black letters that says “This is Disability.” The photo at the center of the poster depicts a young women crouching against a gray wall. She is smiling while holding up a yellow lily flower. The woman has fair skin and long golden brown hair. She is wearing a knitted gray sweater, black leggings, and pink boots. The quote below the photo reads, “Sometimes disability is invisible to the naked eye but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.”
“Reading My LanguEage” BY Rosa Melero
Medium: photos printed on thick watercolor paper.
The title is Reading My Language but instead of language spelled L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E the title is spelled the way the artist sound-spells it, L-A-N-G-U-E-A-G-E.
This artwork has three panels, each has the same photograph. The photo depicts a side profile of a woman (the artist) and is larger than life size. She has light skin, and dark curly hair that is cut at her jaw line. Her eyes are down cast as she is reading. She has black framed glasses, and bright red lipstick. The background is red fading to yellow. This is the same photo printed on each panel.
Transposed over the first panel is handwriting in black ink on lined paper. The letters have been written backwards, making it hard for the average human brain to read.
The second panel has the same photo of the women and the same backwards handwriting. Additionally this panel has a second layer of writing that reads forwards as well. The two directions of writing merge and cross over each other in many different places making it increasingly difficult to read. The colors start to fade with a white tint over the whole panel.
In the third and final panel in this series, additional layers of handwriting are added to existing layers on panels 1 and 2. This makes the writing thicker and even more illegible. The woman’s photo is hard to make out now because it is covered with so many layers of overlapped writing. The colors in the original photo of the woman have faded to white, creating a washed out effect where the figure is no longer eye catching.