Journey of my Life

Maryam Hafizi

2020. Glazed ceramic.

This work references Hafizi’s journey as a deaf adult into signed language after a childhood in which she was trained to communicate through oral and aural language. In Hafizi’s narration of the meaning of the piece, she describes the gold plating on the fingers as some of the hands as referencing the preciousness and magic of signed communication. Her coming to signed language as an adult describes one that many deaf people raised with oral education go through. The myriad shapes of the ceramic hands set in relief shapes of negative space. The property of ceramic – at once solid and delicate – seems to suggest the fleeting nature of language, and its persistent ways of staying with us. The work, understood here in the context of Crip Ritual, suggests that accessing the deaf community through signed language is a ritual process that carries Hafizi into a new life phase.

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