De’VIA artists who are teachers have identified several elements found across De’VIA artworks. These elements are conceptual building blocks or the basic characteristics of De’VIA.
Motifs are culturally relevant symbols (like hands and eyes) used by Deaf artists to communicate overall themes in their artwork.
Themes are the major concepts (meaning/purpose) the artist is communicating (like audism or Deafhood).
In De’VIA artworks, we group the themes of artworks as fitting the category of resistance or affirmation (audism is resistance/Deafhood is affirmation).