Surdists Feb Challenge 2022

Nancy Rourke and Sheila Jacobs set up the Feb 2022 challenge with the theme Deaf folks in families (CODA, DODA, DOHA, SODA etc) – see calendar at bottom and go to the Surdists United fb page to see comments on works etc

If you wish to reproduce any of these works – get permission from the artist and properly credit them. All works here were done in Feb 2022 unless otherwise noted.

DAY 28 – TUNNEL (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists)

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ILY Silhouette at the End of Tunnel by Bob Rourke watercolor and in k 9″x12″
Our memorable walk through the Paw Paw Tunnel right after visiting West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind nearby. The administration building was sadly destroyed on the campus by the fire last Saturday.
Pah! By PDurr watercolor
Troy Kutsur at the end of a tunnel holding his sag award. An eye and light are at the other end of the tunnel
Seeking Help by Kathy Fisher-Abraham ink and pencil 5″x6″
Some deaf students were not allowed to use sign language or hand movements at any price! Somehow they were always discovered by the teachers or administrators and got punished for that.
Welcome to Lips by Bonita Harris crayons and oil pastels 6.5″x8.5″
Walk into the tunnel not knowing until they reach and see the mouth. This child disapproves of the unwelcome lips because your parents are completely on achieving a particular goal for Deaf child to speak.
Untitled by Mark Suffrdige digital art
My last Great White Tunnel in the future? Not now, just please give me 25 more years so I can keep on drawing! LOL!
I recycled my old drawing, pushing back the Hour Glass to Father Time. I used it into this new drawing. 
Punishment by Laurie Monahan digital art
Searching for New Motifs by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
Way down deep in the tunnel, a person is searching for new motifs, to add in the 2023 February Challenge.

DAY 27 – BRIDGE (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists)

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Prevent from being invaded by Kathy Fisher-Abraham ink and watercolor pencils 9″x12″
ASL bridge silhouette by Bonita Harris markers and ink 6.5″x8.5
We Stand With Ukraine by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
We stand in solidarity with Ukraine.
Bridge deck shows hands embraced and piers as support in ASL.
Connection between two worlds by Laurie Monahan digital art
ASL Peace Bridge by Bob Rourke watercolor and ink 9″x12″
Love Paradise In Trouble by Mark Suffridge digital art 9″x12″
Friends are trying to help them to stay together by supporting both of the
We are all connected by PDurr watercolor and ink
statue of Berehynia goddess in Kyiv with sign for connection
Deaf-Coda-Hearing Bridge by Jerry Grant mixed media (made for past Feb challenge)

DAY 26 – FLOWER (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists)

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Peace and Love by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
A big colourful sunflower beaming at the sun with peace and love.
Blooming Hands by Bonita Harris ink and markers 6.5″x8.5″
Valli’s Dandelion by Laurie Monahan digital art
Peaceful Flower by Kathy Fisher-Abraham watercolor and ink 5″x7″
Let peace find you and help love grow.
Untitled by Mark Suffridge digital art
Please save our 🐝 bee! Please continue to pray for Ukraine! 🇺🇦
Seeds by PDurr watercolor and ink
Inspired by Betty G Miller s Deaf Sunflower. “You should put sunflower seed in your pockets so that they will grow on Ukrainian land after you die.” U woman symbol. Kc shared w me how the news had reported that a brave Ukrainian woman had said that to aN invading Russian soldier today. Sunflowers are Ukraine s national flower

DAY 25 – UNDERGROUND (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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The Eyeth Lantern by Laurie Monahan digital art
This person using Eyeth lantern to explore Veditz mountains underground. Looking for what? Guess?
One buried forever and the other unburied with love by Kathy Fisher-Abraham ink
Untitled by Mark Suffridge digital art
REVISED DRAWING OF UNDERGROUND: I added more groups and planet earth (2). Please continue to pray for Ukraine! 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦 WE ARE ALL ONE PEOPLE! Please pass love and kindness ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ to everyone of us.
Graffiti Wall by Bonital Harris ink and Himi jelly gouche 8.5″x11.5″
Graffiti underground wall – need to see more Deaf murals.
Kyiv’s Subway Station by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
On February 24, 2022, many Ukraine people rushed to the subway station to stay where the public transit halted. These are beautiful Orthodox icon paintings sitting on the steps to whom I have met the Ukraine Deaf artists in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2013, have painted them. I think about them often and checked to see if they were okay.
Peace for Ukraine by PDurr watercolor and ink
I attempted to do the Ukrainian fingerspelling for “Peace” at top MNP in the the Ukrainian flag colors – the colors are running down the page for tears with an arc and stairway in the background for the underground subway and a Deaf woman in the foreground w roses and yellow flower crown and yellow and blue and turquoise flowing ribbons for the Sign Union flag and Ukrainian flag colors. She is holding a candle in her cupped hands and has no mouth. There are some shadowy handshakes in the background

DAY 24 – HEART (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Untitled by Mark Suffridge digital art
Heartbeat Love by Jerry Grant drumming and video
CODA love poem with drumming https://www.facebook.com/Jerrygrant480/videos/2765345343771483
Freer than u by PDurr watercolor and ink
Naked woman hanging from tree branch by one hand. Other hand is holding heart towards the viewer. There is a hole where her heart was. A crab pulls on her leg
Untitled by Kathy Fisher-Abraham watercolor pencils 8″x5″
For a long time, ASL was not believed to be a language and suspended . Hearing parents , and educators were against the use of ASL. They were cold hearted abt this and weren’t thinking for deaf people’s longing to use it. Finally ASL came out not long ago. Hearing people’s hearts opened up more about using it than they did two decades ago.
Make Art Not War by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
inspired by Shepard Fairey and Bob and Roberta Smith
(lighting is not great. I will try again tomorrow in the daylight)
LoVe vibes spread thru the cameras by Laurie Monahan digital art
Since COVID unfortunate came, Zoom and FT/VC became very useful for all of us especially deaf people. However the masks are the opposite accessible.
Floating Balloon Messages by Bonita Harris Himi Jelly Gouache and ink 8.5″x11.5″
Heart balloons float with the messages. You will see them in an air. You have to understand Deaf culture and our language. We have norms and values of our culture and traditions. We want to collaborate with others and have ASL allies. Treat us like equal and love them

DAY 23 – LIFE GUARD (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Leroy Colombo by Bonita Harris oil pastels and ink 8.5″x11.5″
LeRoy Colombo was a famous lifeguard who had helped and saved about 1,000 drowned people in Galveston, TX. I learned from my boyfriend who used to take lifeguard courses and became a recreational leader. Credits to Shane O’Brain
The Deaf Twin Brothers Not Getting The Fair Treatment And The Right To Use ASL. by Mark Suffridge digital art
Priorities by PDurr watercolor pencils
Priorities by PDurr NADlofe guard focuses on Deaf signers who are barely visible at the Super Bowl instead of doing their job of helping Deaf folks who have drowned or are drowning
Protection of birdhouses by Laurie Monahan digital art
ASL Life Guard by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
An ASL class with people of colour Deaf students and Teacher signing ‘A-S-L’ and a framed picture of The Preservation of Sign Language. It is a gem to see an ASL classroom has a framed picture of an ASL Lifeguard who happened to be George Veditz.
ASL is our life saver!
by Kathy Fisher-AbrahamASL is our life saver! watercolor pencils 7″x6″

DAY 22 – BUTTERFLY (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Guy’s ASL Butterfly Wire by Bob Rourke watercolor and ink 9″x12″
It was an honor to do the illustrations for the Guy Wonder story in the collaborative De’VIA Ancestors book. I was inspired by his wire artworks bent, twisted and formed into the ASL butterfly with chicken wire attached on the painted wood board. He was well known for his 3-D pop-up creations called Wonderism.
Untitled by Mark Suffridge digital art
I Want to Fly by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
A BIPOC Deaf youth plays like a butterfly in ASL.
Butterfly Kissing Men by Eddie Swayze digital art
Freedom of Eyes by Bonita Harris marker, oil, pastel ink 6.5″x8.5″
Deaf are very observant. Some people are not comfortable. Do whatever your eyes please. Deaf can also do visual vernacular.
Hi Dad by PDurr watercolor pencils
monarch butterfly fluttering across a sky w red haired person nearby signing Dad
Fly Freeeeeeeee by Laurie Monahan digital art
Fly free! by Kathy Fisher-Abraham ink 8″x10″
We as butterflies go wherever we want to be. Don’t let it stop us deaf people from doing something freely as we set our mind on it! Don’t let it stop us! Just follow your heart!

DAY 21 – DUCKS (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Untitled by Mark Suffridge digtial art
May be inappropriate for some viewers. However, the truth has to told what AGB had done irreparable harms in later life after his death. His theories on eugenics had been accepted by wrong people who had/have malice thoughts in their secret agendas.
Untitled by Mark Suffridge
Duck Lips by Laurie Monahan digital art (mirror image)
George Veditz’s Followers by Bonita Harris ink and markers 6.5″x8.5″
George Veditz tried to preserve ASL film. Look it is already over 200 years. Deaf people agreed and followed him ever since. He knew about language deprivation. He knew Deaf people would discover and rely on ASL more than other mode of communications one day.
Defamation by Nancy Rourke waterolcor and ink 5″x5″
Goose? by PDurr watercolor pencils
When I was a kid I hated playing duck duck goose because I wasn’t sure if they said goose when tapping my head. My good friends learned to tap my head 2 times so I’d know if they had selected me to be the goose But when different players is always be so unsure circle of mallard ducks with one tapping the head of a goose with a speech bubble coming out of the mallards beak with symbols signifying it’s unclear if they are saying Duck or Goose
No choice then freedom by Kathy Fisher-Abraham ink and color pencils 8″x10″
The girl is trapped because her parents decided to have her learn speech rather than learn sign language. She wasn’t given a choice. She sees other deaf people looking so happy and free to sign whatever they want . She is envying them. See this man standing far from the crowd? Does he look familiar? Yes ! The crowd looks up to him because he believes in using ASL as their language.

DAY 20 – ZIPPER (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Mute Mask by PDurr watercolor and ink
Unzip Deaf Open to the World by Bonita Harris marker and ink 6.5″x8.5″
Unzip them open and let them struggle with kind of oppression or discrimination. Navigating in a courageous world and educating them about our language and culture. Deaf identifies are different. They must understand
Traumatizing from oral school by Laurie Monahan digital art
Why? by Jerry Grant mixed media (from 2016 Feb challenge)
Untitled by Mark Suffridge digital art
Hey, deaf boys and girls, keep your zippers up and locked. Don’t talk back to me! Zip your mouth and keep your hands in zipped pockets!
Unzip my memory by Kathy Fisher-Abraham pencil and ink 5″x7″
As a young student, I’ve always dreaded going to speech therapy for 45 mins daily. The teacher had covered her mouth with Kleenex tissue paper to see I could understand the sound. I would always guess and point to the word. I ended up being always wrong. What was the point in me going there for speech lessons ? What a waste of time I’ve spent on that!
Americans Self-Censor by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
A hearing adult on the left side has a zipper on the mouth and a Deaf adult on the right side has a zipper on the hands.
Sunday Morning tv show.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-free-speech-is-under-attack-in-the-u-s/

DAY 19 – LIGHTHOUSE (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Save our language by Kathy Fisher-Abraham 8″x10″
inspired by Sheila Jacobs 8.5″x12.5″
Martha’s Vineyard Ripples by Bonita Harris watercolor and ink 8.5″x12.5″
Martha’s Vineyard lighthouse stood tall and proud of seeing Deaf population of ASL. The light of eye is like watching over the generation by generation of the original deaf Kent family. Another eye is like a camera and hence of Deaf life and images.
ASL Saves Deaf Lives by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
Inspired by Sheila Jacobs
Sheila mentioned, “I believe lighthouse is like ASL that saves Deaf lives from smashing on oralism rocks (ears) and never find their way home to signing village where their Tribe lives.”
Follow my light by Laurie Monahan digital art
Rudderless by PDurr watercolor and ink
handeye lighthouse with sign Union flag colors dark sky sail boat with broken rudder being carried away by a wave. Three figures are in the dark on the rudderless boat
Sample Lighthouse works by Mark Suffridge digital art

DAY 18- GLOBE (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Deaf vibes around the globe by Laurie Monahan digital art
Spherical Sign by Bonita Harris ink and marker 6.5″x8.5″
Teach how to sign in ASL. Fisted hand is like spherical objects like time, planets, globe, earth, and descriptive classifiers. This is not accurate sign. I tried something different fr abstract sign to iconic sign.
The Eyeth Day by Ellen Mansfield paint, oil pastel, ink (not done as part of Feb challenge)
No Planet B – Wer’e watching you by PDurr watercolor and marker
inspired by N3 artwork – i’m very moved when i see the eye image on the palm of Climate activists hands – it gives me hope for the planet and humanity but it will take alot more than that
We Have a Special Guest by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
Greta Thunberg, an environmental activist, came by to visit a sick Globe at the February Challenge Tree.
Please Pray for World Peace by Mark Suffridge digital art
The situation between USA, NATO/Ukraine and Russia is getting worse and efforts of diplomacy are not working well. War may break out anytime!
Partnership with Deaf nations by Kathy Fisher-Abraham ink, makers, watercolor pencils 8″x10″
We are not just deaf individuals , but also united with deaf people of this world- preserving our languages and morals as well as deaf power!! See Sign Union Flag Sign Languages?
The Lightouse by Mark Suffridge digital art

DAY 17– MASK (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Feeling Suffocated by Kathy Fisher-Abraham ink 8″x10″
When Covid-19 happened, we first felt so limited with using our facial expressions due to wearing masks that hid our true faces and lips.
Masks during COVID Pandemic by Bonita Harris ink 6.5″x8.5″
During pandemic, we were required to wear the masks. Some people tried to talk with their masks on. I could tell by their mask movement. I knew they tried to talk and I had to let them know I am deaf. They would pull the masks down and talk to me. Whoa! I used body gesture waving no, no I can not read lips. I had to step back away from them. I did not want to get sick..
Even though, few tried to gesture if they could use my iPhone and text. I waved no, no not on my iPhone. I did not want it to be touched. They needed to learn and used their phones. I would use mine only to responses or request. I know I made this difficult. Some people..SMH they should know the boundaries.
Viewing Transparent Masks is Uncomfortable by Maria Dollhopf ink
When I look at transparent masks with the window, I imagine that I see a skull of the lower face regions.
Oralists complain about masks covering the mouth because they never learned ASL. They are happy to lip read through masks with the transparent window hole.
DeVIA Timeline by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
This is from my own imagination that the unique masks on the wall were from the Deaf people who wore at a masquerade ball. The De’VIA timeline was real.
1800s Lithography by Ferdinand Berthier L’Homme Au Serpent (this is the only artwork of Berthier’s that we know of) Could this possibly be a pre-De’VIA work?
1970s Spectrum took place in Austin, Texas where Deaf artists, performers, etc., gathered together as an art colony.
1989 De’VIA manifesto was coined by nine Deaf artists during Deaf Way I.
[middle row]
2009 Surdism Manifesto was coined by French DeafBlind artist, Arnaud Balard.
2012 ARTivism in De’VIA was started with a mural made by five Deaf artists in Colorado Springs, CO.
2013 Sign Union Flag was first designed by Arnaud Balard.
[bottom row]
2014 De’VIA Curriculum Development Project was first started in Rochester, New York at Rochester School for the Deaf.
2014 #DeVIAChallenge February Challenge started in De’VIA Central (now called Deaf Art Central). Still going strong every year in February. Surdists United now sponsoring the challenge.
2019 Memorial Art Gallery hosted the very first De’VIA art exhibition in Rochester, New York.
To be or not to be by PDurr mixed media
snake is on rhe mouth area zipper on forehead slightly unzipped too show red yellow abs blue small handshape. Eye outline like puzzle pieces. Blue eyes can be seen ar a distance through the eye sockets. Even if s child can speak and hear some they crave visual language for a creative mind
Inspired by Berthier’s L’Homme au Serpent, David Call’s The Missing Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces, Nancy Rourke’s LSL Zaps Deaf Minds, and the De’VIA manifesto visual signature mural with three hands in yellow red and blue coming out of a mask face as if signing creativity
I can not read your lips by Laurie Monahan digital art
My Personal Mask by Mark Suffridge digital art
My personal mask. Just why all the rich billionaires are so fixated on spending billions of dollars to go to Moon, to Mars and to build a new huge “hotel type” space station … when our Mother Earth greatly needs our help? All that money spent on space programs should be better served in saving Earth. As you know that I am an old man, you probably will tell me not to worry …. you will die before our seaboard cities will be under the water.
machines that will absorb hot gases and carbon gas, a machine for converting sea water into clean and drinkable water …. and even send up a huge sun umbrella satellite to cast darkness on both Arctic and Antarctic all year round to slow the speed of ice meltingThe reason question is WHY NASA/we are letting Musk, Branson and Bezos, the billionaire playboys playing with their toys, the rockets to go into space? What is wrong with NASA, which WE TAXPAYERS PAY AND OWN THAT … and yet NASA is giving billions of our money to Musk?
Mask II by Mark Suffridge digital art
Mask III by Mark Suffridge digital art
I did this drawing early last year. So so tired of waiting! When? When will Covid-19 go away? My social life sucks and no dating in almost 4 years! Losing some of my humanity.

DAY 16 – MIRROR (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Gaslighted by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
Speaking Drills by Bonita Harris ink 6.5″x8.5″
I am lucky to have wonderful speech teachers. They respected when I wanted to quit. Some teachers are mean or mandating on speaking exercise because they have to follow their parents’.
h teachers. They respected when I wanted to quit.
ot right. They would push to do it again and again until they are satisfied with the sounds of pronunciation. How sad!
My former speech teachers are not like that. They are very generous. Sad.. some are pushy or mean.
However, I heard from Deaf’s experiences, they spent speaking drills hour over hour in front of the mirror. Deaf students feel like they have to fit in the functional way. Their parents would be overjoyed to hear you speak.
Audism Follows by Laurie Monahan digital art
Mirror, Mirror by PDurr watercolor and ink
Inspired to be opposite of Betty G Miller s Suppression artwork. Sign Union colors. Eye in each corner and one large one top middle. Double image od face with long black hair and one eye shown abs arm and hand up w one eye on palm forms sign for mirror. Reflection of back of head and arm hand Middle has yellow torquise and blue ray squares in middle. Arm looks like tree leads to roots at bottom that forms letters Deafhood
Self Portrait by Mark Suffridge digital art
My Self Portrait Mirror. With the sign, “Old”. Age is just a number. I am still young in heart.
No idea who I identify myself as? by Kathy Fisher-Abraham watercolor pencils and ink 8″x10″
Some of us weren’t able to identify us as deaf people first because we were denied by teachers or parents to allow ourselves time to analyze ourselves first..

DAY 15 – SOUND (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Deaf Ears by Bonita Harris ink 6.5″x8.5″
Many Deaf people are profoundly deaf and some can still hear little like plane or honks. Some are Deaf survivors of police brutality or police officers violate their civil rights by unnecessary force during actual or mistake arrests. Few had shared experiences. All similar stories we have shared. I drove and noticed cars pulling over and I recognized there was an ambulance behind me. As it passed and they stared me through the window and cussed out on me like I was pea-brained person. Honest.. I can’t hear. When I drove out of Gallaudet gate, it was close call hitting the police man on a bike. He gestured he honked to warn me. My head shook and gestured I can’t hear him. As soon as, that police biker recognized Gallaudet University and got mad walking away. He figured I am deaf. No ticket. Whew! How did honked bicycles help Deaf? World (shaking my head)
All ears and eyes on me by PDurr watercolor and ink
Intercom announces that I should go to the office to meet the speech therapist but I could never understand what the PA system was announcing abs usually didn’t realize it was about me u til I felt everyone s eyes on me
Sounds Off by Laurie Monahan digital art
Sound Wave Makes Art by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
A Deaf child feels the adult’s voice making sound waves; high, low, hard, soft and so on that makes art in your own imagination.
What Sound? by Kathy Fisher-Abraham colored pencil and ink 5″x7″
Honestly, whenever I was sent to speech therapy room to listen to sounds. The speech teacher said,” hear that? “ All I knew was just senseless jumbles or rings in my ears. ?? What sounds? It’s just nothing to me. It’s “ no understand sounds”’to me.
Out of Order by Mark Suffridge digital art

DAY 14 – KEY (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Language is the heart of being by PDurr watercolor and ink
2 hands left hand has heart locket tattoo with key hole chain goes over to the right hand pinky down to skeleton key w heart on end red background
Deafies do have Control! by Laurie Monahan digital art
Skeleton Keys by Bonita Harris colored pencils and ink
Our ASL are already over more than 209 years. ASL stands strong. Skeleton keys show how ancient they were. Deaf people come by deaf generation, go to deaf residents (school), or deaf family. Maybe former Gallaudet University student and it is culture shocking. We use ASL all times on that campus.
We value or culture. See one skeleton key shows isolated or lone. Family members make decision for deaf child’ education. They might think their child has to meet their desires in speaking and hoping deaf child could fit in fair chance like hearing and normalcy. They deserve the heart, though. We know not their faults.
Key in ASL by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
Success in our language by Kathy Fisher-Abraham colored pencil and ink 5″x5″
Thanks to Stropke – he has “unlocked “ the obstacle of our language and said “ASL is definitely a Language” where we use.
Key and Sound by Mark Suffridge
With my all new drawing, I am concerned about today’s young deaf workers. Many deaf folks are having hard time finding jobs. Many American companies took the jobs away from USA to very cheap labor in China, Mexico, Philippines and other countries. I am a proud old man who has seen a rapid changes in America. Some good but mostly bad. However, I am quite pleased that young deaf people have or starting to have business owned (deaf owned) stores and restaurants. Even NASA has changed and now giving findings to Musk and other selfish billionaires to build their own rockets … and low wages to the rocket workers. Well two private space companies had two embarrassing rocket failures just recently. Musk lost over 40 silly internet satellites to recent sun flare. It is not NASA I used to know and work for.
Enough of that. The deaf person is trying to find the set of key job opportunities but he is blind” and not able to land any high pay job. Gold key opportunities are much harder for deaf applicants to get those jobs. And of course, he is deaf and not being able to hear the bells. It is said that if a hearing person stood next to one of the big bells at Notre Dame (de Paris) Cathedral Church and it rang. He could lose all his hearing!!

DAY 13 – RIVER (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Swimming down the Bayou at Florida marsh by Mark Suffridge digital art
Hand shapes float by Bonita Harris mixed media 8.5″x11
Both hand shape signs are floating gently down the river along with the mountains and full moon.
Is it fish or bridge by Laurie Monahan digital art
USU Cut ASL by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
See articles about Utah State University cut ASL program. https://www.ksl.com/article/50345354/utahs-only-masters-program-for-american-sign-language-eliminated?fbclid=IwAR32aF5fUCtcSa-wbekYO1uWz1yuRlDUHqkYcOFhfbU9Y5XFdjgO8Kho7G0

https://kslnewsradio.com/1963796/utah-state-university-announces-bilingual-bicultural-program-closure/amp/?fbclid=IwAR0EkCW5ZEtu3tFEDT7ABDB52LQBDxnV0IyYLmsg1e0kMMR0e2nAmkxeGcM
The painting shows a black figure tossing out ASL and English into the Utah river. ASL program is closing!
Upstream Not Mainstream by PDurr watercolor and ink
Red purple mountain, green hills and trees and fields with river winding through the middle. A few salmon jump up as they swim upstream and a few grey shadows in the river of other salmon swimming upstream. Almost all Deaf youth find their way to ASL and Draf communities in their teenage years
Hand Movements never fade! by Kathy Fisher-Abraham watercolor and ink 5″x7″

DAY 12 – DOOR (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Entrance Door by Nancy Rourke watercolor 5″x5″
There are nine Deaf Clubs with entrance doors.
[top row]
Rochester Recreation Club of the Deaf
Charles Thompson Memorial Hall
Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf
[middle row]
Staten Island Deaf Club
Puget Sound Association of the Deaf
Shenandoah Valley Club of the Deaf
[bottom row]
Greater Indianapolis Deaf Club
Austin Association of the Deaf
Silent Athletic Club
I am always fascinated looking at interesting entrance doors from different Deaf Clubs. Doors show a welcome feeling.
Stay Away! by Laurie Monahan digital art
Blue person are your *protector* (ASL sign: back of your conscious) from getting CI.
Mural door with deaf quotes by Bonita Harris mixed media 6″x11.5″
We need to see more mural about Deaf and culture. This is my second attempt.
Here’s the door you have been waiting for by PDurr watercolor pencil
parent and two children approaching an open door with a sign Union flag near it and a small white cat. The parent and child in the middle are bald alien looking w big ears. The smallest child has no ears and blonde braids and and eye on the palm of her hand as she waves to the car. The door has a heart eye with vines and pink flowers growing out of it in a stump and below that is the fingerspelling of Welcome and at bottom is a cat door with a heart and ASL. A darker skinned person has the door open abs the inside room has a yellow background (door is inspired by the door nancy rourke painted for the Rochester Recreation Club of the Deaf (RRCD) club house
Long lost door found! by Kathy Fisher-Abraham watercolor and ink
For years and years, AGB’s staff was rumored to put children who tried to use sign language in the closet and locked the door. The door was all forgotten and lost. See the skeletons in the closet finally came out ? There it is! What do you see?
Have the ASL Door, Will Travel. by Mark Suffridge digital art
Opening Door wide to Deaf Inclusion and welcoming all. by Bob Rourke watercolor 9″x12″
Inspired by the Deaf Community embracing Diversity of inclusion and accessibility and fostering inclusive Learning

DAY 11 – EARS (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artist

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Do we have a choice? by Kathy Fisher-Abraham pencil and ink 5″x7″
As little deaf students, we were forced to wear hearing aids whether we didn’t want to or whenever our inner ears were inflamed or infected by teachers and some parents. I always avoided wearing hearing aids so I hid them at home but I got punished for that by not getting recess. A choice????? No.
Otoacoustic Emission Tests by Bonita Harris ink 6″x11..5″
Ear Drum “echo” during this test, a soft earphone is inserted into the newborn’s ear canal. It plays sounds and measures on “echo” response tgat occurs in ears with normal hearing, If there is no echo, your newborn might be deaf. (OAE) otoacoustic emission test.
Missing Out by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
The painting shows the beauty of the colourful hand movements, from the 2011 painting, Dandelion https://www.nancyrourke.com/dandelions.htm and the two monochrome persons with eyes closed and eavesdropping. With the eyes closed that means they missed out a lot of things, not taking a close look at seeing the hand movements and the meaning behind the story. This is true for most people about not fully understanding the nature of signed language in the Deaf culture. Hearing people rely on hearing or listening at different things and have very little receptive.
My Earth is my Eyes by Bob Rourke watercolor 9″x11″
Inspired by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, Cognitive Neuroscientist and a Developmental Cognitive Neuroscientist widely known for her discoveries of biological foundations of language.
“The more language exposure, the better. The brain does not discriminate; it accepts both sound and sign.” Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto
Untitled by Mark Suffridge digital art
Locked out of the hearing world. THE SOUND WAVES CAN NOT REACH OUR DEAF EARS. There are actually some hearing folks who really think that our deafness is contiguous disease. We are breathing hard for more communication openness in our society.
Ride a Ear (Mechanical Coin Operated) by Laurie Monahan digital art
Newborn hEARing Test by PDurr watercolor pencils
shape of a large ear with to faces close to each other large ears wide mouth closed eyes holding a paper with the word Failed on it. In the ear final is a newborn w big eyes and no ears
Untitled by Jerry Grant (from 2016 Feb challenge)
Untitled by Darius Lisinski (2)

DAY 10 – Hand (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Signing Altruism by Charles Katz acrylic and ink 12″x12″
For the hand motif day, I submit this personal mandala #1. Note the impasto I enjoyed doing – in the center and the four sharp points.
I have been an ASL artist for a long time in stories, fables, poetry, and mythology. I have dabbled in other mediums such as weaving, quilting, painting, woodworking, etc – never serious or often enough to go back to them. Only since the lockdown (3/13/2020), I began to paint with acrylic mainly to get into a “zen” state of being. This is my first signed painting that I felt is “finished”. No artwork of mine is final.
Hands by Mark Suffridge digital art
Using hands is one of the most powerful communication tools in the whole universe. I am a recycling artist using the collection of my old drawn hands into this one.
Uzi’s Vase by Laurie Monahan digital art
This Art inspired by deaf Israel artist Uzi Buzgalo
Crying Help Hands by Nancy Rourke oil pastels on pastel board 5″x8.5″
I received a gift in the mail and I thought I would draw something about the movie, being Michelle. It is a documentary film about a deaf woman with autism who survived incarceration and abuse and now uses her artwork to depict the trauma she survived and heal from her past. Many disabled persons are wrongfully victimized and unable to defend themselves. The criminal justice system needs to be changed.
The oil pastel drawing that I did, is to show my support, using the motif HANDS for the title, Crying Help Hands. The artwork shows prison bars with hands reaching out for help.
here is a trailer about the film, being Michelle. https://www.beingmichelle.com/new-page-2
Clayton Valli Dandelion by Bonita Harris mixed media
I love Clayton Valli’s poetry “dandelion”. His beautiful ASL hands are beautiful. Check this https://youtu.be/hZ1LTInEQbk
Beautiful Hands by Maria Dollhopf digital art
Babies can pick up American Sign Language quickly. It isn’t necessary to do auditory training with hearing aids or cochlear implants. It is difficult for hearing parents to understand and they play politics with “the right of options”. British and Canadian Deaf need to be educated about Alexander Graham Bell’s background banning sign language and Deaf marriages.
Canadian artists designed AGB coins.
Grow in Love by PDurr watercolor
Inspired by Betty G Miller “grow” artwork
Black background w hands signing Grow and Love
Pink handshape flowers with green eye lead vines come out of the top grow hand fingertips ans travel around down to the love arms Some of the vines form DNA
Untitled by Dariusz Lisinski of Poland
Dariusz explaining his use of the dog with a bone motif https://www.facebook.com/1293143760/videos/pcb.3270352586585305/985225535429341
ASL Chakras by Jerry Grant (from 2016 challenge)
ASL styled chakra mudras.
Root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown. The colors follow the chakra cycle.
The most invisible message by Kathy Fisher-Abraham watercolor pencils 9″x12″
This is about us as children or adults as well who felt hopeless and invisible when we asked for help many times, yet nobody came nor listened. Some of us felt that we couldn’t be able to explain or express due to lack of English skills to describe the emotions or trying to detail but some hearing people were like “ oh “ and left, not trying to understand us deaf people. In the end, we gave up . A message is simply ignored.

DAY 9 – Lamp (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Uzi’s Lamp by Laurie Monahan digital art inspired by Uzi Buzgalo’s art
Socrates vs. Aristotle Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
The motif of a lamp always has different meanings. This lamp represents as a ‘witness’ and a light shine to make things be visible.
The lamp shade is always in black colour in many of my paintings. I did a painting of Socrates vs. Aristotle in 2010 size 5 by 7 inch. https://www.nancyrourke.com/socrates.htm This sketch shows a yes and no signing going back and forth. The eyes lamp stand go back and forth watching them discussing.
Socrates vs. Aristotle, 360 B.C. Socrates quoted by Plato in “Cratylus” he said “Deaf can express themselves in gestures movement.” Aristotle (384-322 BC) said “Deaf born senseless and incapable to reason.” Socrates signed “Yes, Deaf can” and Aristotle signs “No, Deaf cannot.
The Lamp (The Spot Light) by Mark Suffridge
The Lamp (The Spot Light). Some of you know my reputation as a recycling artist, meaning that I take parts of my older drawings into a new one. Most of my drawings are new but when I am in a hurry, I tend to look at my art parts that I drew in my file. Thus I recycle my old art parts into new one.
The Lamp represents the greed of the makers of CI. All the hands of the audiologists reaching out to poor deaf lady. Why the pills? To counteract the side effects of wearing CI … for the headache, for the dizziness and being moody hearing loud noises …. especially the footsteps.
The people in the back ore CEOs of CI companies, politicians, school administrators, observers and doctors. Why politicians? They are always looking for ways to cut the fundings. They are probably hoping that deafness will be the thing of the past and to close down state schools for the deaf to sell them to greedy developers.
I have to be honest with you. I am now legally blind and deaf by birth. Because of my dimming and fading vision, I felt/still feel more vulnerable. For now my eye operations were successful last year but I am not out of the wood yet. I was 67 when I decided to have CI AS AN ADDED SECURITY TO MY WELL BEING. I do not believe in placing CI on babies and children who are too young to understand. Children have rights too. Personally for me, parts of my CI are already wearing out and the new parts I just got were very expensive. Highway robbery!! That is my story of The Lamp.
Vision by Bonita Harris mixed media 8.5″x11″
Deaf humans are attracted to the lights. Yes hence.. brighter room is our field of vision. It gives Deaf feel energy to chat and our eyes stimulate better.
Always in the light! by Kathy Fisher-Abraham colored pencils and ink 5″x7″
Deaf Super Lantern by Jerry Grant (from 2016 challenge)
Untitled by PDurr watercolor and ink
watercolor and ink very quick inspired by Susan Dupor s Chercher and a lantern lady artwork I saw at MAG today

DAY 8 – Book (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Cherish Deaf World by Laurie Monahan digital art
Delightful ASL Storytelling by Bonita Harris colored pencils and ink 6.5″x8.5″
Inspire Deaf children a great love of ASL storytelling. Praise for Shared Reading Projects mentors and Colorado Reading Shared Project (CRSP) mentors who help the parents discovering their bonds with their deaf children. The mentors give support ASL parents into delightful visual storytelling.
Untitled by Mark Suffridge digital art
Read all but Alexander’s books by Kathy Fisher -Abraham watercolor and ink 8″x10″
Z is for Zabel by PDurr watercolor and ink
Read the Fine Print by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
The fine print is where the truth is told. Inspired by Katie Booth’s “The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to End Deafness” book. Should books about Alexander Graham Bell be banned? He was an eugenicist. He did not want Deaf to marry Deaf. He stole the idea behind the invention of the telephone. He did more harm to the Deaf. The list goes on…
The Leather Book by Charles Katz colored pencil and ink 8″x10″
Book Cover by Charles Katz
Hello. This art work will be my first submission to the month challenge fun. I have watched and enjoyed so many art work over several years, knowing that I have something to throw. Now is the time.
I decided to use “BOOK” as my first submission. The Leather Book is the title of the 11th chapter of The Deaf Child: A Mythology. This chapter focuses on the years from Stokoe’s work up to current time. Metaphorically, the leather book symbolizes the collection of research facts on ASL, DoDs, govt laws, art and literature, and more that turned the tide against oralism and audism personified by General Volt (Bell, Goldstein, and House).
The DCMyth is a “novel” in ASL (12 hours long in 139 clips). Translating all clips into English is in the works. Please note that images or motif of BOOK appears in other parts of this “saga”. In comments, I will add the art work of the cover of the book on the whole mythology. And maybe one or two more.
link to the playlist of vid clips of that chapter. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQB-qfAGy9hpAQcGDC-3TSNSgJXQwkZhM
Anyone wanting to see the current draft of the electronic bilingual textbook on deaf history/studies can DM me. It will be published (on paper and electronically) someday in my lifetime BUT NEVER finalized until deaf people or sign language are eradicated
on this planet. Any questions, feel free to aslize or englishize in the comment thread.
Be With You.
ASL Storytelling by Vicki Nordquist
https://www.facebook.com/vicki.nordquist/videos/316010637224142

DAY 7 – School of Fish (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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School of Love Fish by Mark Suffridge digital art
Untitled by Jerry Grant (from 2016 challenge)
School of ASL by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
A school of handeye fish swim together in synchrony, turning and twisting and forming into ASL shapes to defend the medical professionals from eradicating our beloved language.
Fish Handshape by Bonita Harris mixed media 6.5″x8.5″
Field Trip by PDurr
Sign Union flag colors of a groups of fish with a tour guide fish and a teacher fish holding a Sign Union flag. There is an Easter island head nearby at the bottom of the ocean
Untitled by Dariusz Lisinski of Poland
School for ASL by Kathy Fisher Abraham colored pencils and ink 5″x7″
A school of fish swim together pointing to that direction where we shall use our beloved language instead of that Other one where our language is not allowed.
Rourkism School of Fishes by Laurie Monahan digital art

DAY 6 – Table (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Family at the Table by Bonita Harris 6.5″x 8.5″
I am grateful to have Deaf family. We love gathering at the table and chatting. We had last Thanksgiving with our deaf parents with their deaf daughters (my sis, Rosalie Harris plus her three deaf children and one CODA daughter and along with me and my one deaf son and CODA son). My parents were blessed. Sorry, this one is so simple.
Holiday Table by Mark Suffridge digital art
I hate all the Holidays Dinner with hearing folks. My eyes would turn red from lip reading hard and I couldn’t turn up my hearing aid because hearing folks get annoyed by my hearing aid making a lot of high pitch feedbacks.
Dinner with Alien-like family by Laurie Rose Monahan digital art
Table Syndrome Free by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
On the Family Tree, Deaf and Coda family and friends gathered together for a big feast on a big red round table where framed pictures showed ‘Dinner Table Syndrome Free’ and ‘ASL ZONE.’ Everyone can see each other and no one feels left out.
Untitled by PDurr watercolor and ink
I sketched something different to paint today but mom was so cute playing ping pong in her Sunday bests that I thought I’d do a quick drawing so I can remember the moment. I feel very blessed to have an Italian mom who has always made sure I understand things and still plays along w me
We are We by PDurr watercolor
Sign Union colors laurie Monahan inspired eye we are we concept from John Lee Clark s suddenly slow poem eye is chandler – variety of folks ans a pet gathered around a round table chatting
hating the feeling of being interrupted and forgotten by kathy Fisher-Abraham watercolor pencils and ink 8″x10″
This sketch showed ‘Dinner Table Syndrome ‘where I was always interrupted during I was talking to one of family members and then they forgot all about me. I felt so unimportant and decided to get their attention by shaking/waving my arm. I also said, “lookkkkkk at me. I’m not finished !! “ Often. Many years later, my mother called me via TDD ( just a few months before her death) to apologize for what happened during dinner times (or any where.) I was like “ what for?” Then She said she finally understood what it was like to be left out because her fiancé and friends talked in Spanish. She was lost. Her thoughts returned to the past where I was left out. I accepted her apology but it was unnecessary. Ahh! That was ok and felt good too.

DAY 5 – Family Tree (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Untitled by heidi storme digital art
Current thought on family tree, flourish versus languish. Image is half without color, save a medical cudaceas in red, the other shows growth and color, with hands and an eye on the tree, a hand like the sign
Untitled by Mark Suffridge digital art
My Suffridge, Cleary, Rich and Smith Family Tree. And some percentage of Cherokee Indian blood. Mixed media, some of my old parts of drawings and some revisions
Family Tree by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
As you can see, I’d like to call it a ‘family tree.’ This is a February Challenge 2022 tree with 28 motifs. I made this like a family tree because the challenge was started in 2012 with a 31 day in March and then on to 2014, February Challenge started. There is a tree mark ‘2022’ on a branch and then there’s other trees somewhere in the distance that have a mark with ‘2021’ and so on.
Roots Always Here to Stay by Laurie Rose Monahan digital art
ASL Family Tree by Bonita Harris ink 6.5″x8.5″
ASL family tree deserved to be recognized and defined itself language as an ASL family.
Heart Stump Grow by PDurr
Exodus by PDurr watercolor and ink
In memory of Hilda R getting herself and her two Deaf daughters (Nelly and Lily) out of Nazi occupied Austria. The chopped trees signify the Deaf Jewish people who did not make it out and the trees with chopped limbs represent the non-Jewish Deaf people who were sterilized. The trees in the background on the left side represent future Deaf generations from Hilda’s tree as does the falling seed. I’m not content with how the pix came out. Hilda deserves so much more. Lily shares her family’s story in this short documentary called Exodus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3gKrhdKmVo A few years after the film, Lily went back to Austria and learned more information about her Deaf father’s fate. He and his Hearing brother were deported to a death camp near Minsk and were murdered there.
Untitled by Jerry Grant (from 2018 challenge)
A cut down tree with eye on stump with new growth with a branch of leaf hands and root of love. There is a Deaf butterfly of nurture and hope.
Deaf Family Tree by Jerry Grant
(from 2016 challenge)
A spectrum of Deaf birds and birdhouses in hand tree with roots of love.
How we have evolved from there to present by Kathy Fisher-Abraham watercolor pencils

DAY 4 – Eyes (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Listening Eyes by Maira Dollhopf
Younger deaf can learn by visualizing hands moving their eyes.
It is supposed to have another eye. I acknowledge my mistake with the one eye.
Eyes by Shawn Carter mixed media 5.5” x 8.5”
Sunflower Eyes by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
Sunflowers follow the sun and stay facing the warmth. The same way with how Deaf eyes follow the interpreter and stay focusing what’s been said.
Untitled by Jerry Grant (from 2016 challenge)
No More deaf MMIW by PDurr watercolor
Native woman w long black hair and third eye and light rays and eyes on hand held up to face. Red hand print over mouth area. They still missing and media dont pay them no mind yet they devoted so much attention to Gabby P. Racism is real and rampant. Some of these missing abs murderer Indigenous women girls men and boys are CODAs and Deaf people themselves. We don’t know because the media is not paying attention to this crisis.
Deaf Eyes Brady Bunch by Bonita Harris mixed media 6.5″x 8.5″
The image of Brady Bunch alike, the colors of people’s eyes look at ASL as our language. The first row, eye anticipating – most hearing parents want deaf child to speak. Second eye looking down ASL is a language. It is not broken English. Third eye encouraging ASL will gain Deaf child’s cognitive skills. The second row, first eye and third eye look at ASL as the forms of culture, sensory, and coginitive diversity. An image shows diversity. The third row, first eye knowing ASL is our primary mode of communication, second eye is like you see ASL will gain Deaf and language. Third eye looks concerns about parents’ expectations or preferences differently.
Lights are better for your Eyes by Laurie Rose Monahan procreate app
Lost in the World by Kathy Fisher-Abraham
Too many things are happening in our lives.. everything is shattered in our eyes. Everything is changing. Such tragedy we have came to witness, too many jumbles in our eyes.
Untitled by Jerry Grant (from 2020 challenge)
Rainbow I Love You in Eye by Eddie Swayze digital art
Eyes and ASL hand and Needleye by Ellen Mansfield (2014 challenge) acrylic
(Influenced by Chuck Baird)
Untitled by Vicki Campos-Hamilton
Eye motif on painted chair
Queer Brown Eye by Vicki Campos-Hamilton acrylic 24″x18″

DAY 3 – Parent (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Adoptive Parents by Nancy Rourke watercolor 5″x5″
The hearing adoptive parents brought home a Native American Deaf infant about the age of four weeks. They are learning about the Native American culture and PISL (Plains Indian Sign Language) and taught a sign “SUN.” I admire and respect adoptive parents who bring home an infant or a child who needed a home and lots of unconditional love.
the JOY of a Deaf Baby by Laurie Rose Monahan procreate app
Description: inspired by Keith Harding styles. Simple lines of each person with their own colors. Purple line joyful mother holding deaf baby, her beating heart glow red. Orange line father cheer with arms up smile behind the happy kid who is holding blue balloon and snuggle brown teddy bear in arm.
Service Animal by Jerry Grant marker (from 2020)
A Coda in the pre-ADA world as a child interpreter for adult deaf situations. A child is not equipped to cope with the adult situation and is shamed into performance as the interpreter. Deaf and rope are multicolor for a spectrum. Coda is single color for one role as service.
Unconditional Love by PDurr watercolor
Two moms hold baby all have ILY handshape. They are in sign Union flag colors. Moms have black shirts on. No ears are visible. All babies deserve unconditional love
Untitled by Rashmi Amatya painting https://www.facebook.com/deaf.bilingual/videos/262541312622277
video of Rashmi, who is from Nepal, explaining her artwork of a white bird caught and pulled down by tree branches against a blue sky
Bonding n learning time by Kathy Fisher-Abraham colored pencils
As a little girl, I finally learned to sign after the age of nine, I was provided weekly spelling word assignments along with sign language for each word to teach my parents every day over dinner. They made time for me until they became almost fluent in sign language ( but not ASL, only SEE). It was better than not to communicate at all. They were fast and picked up quickly. These were my precious memories of my late parents.
Untitled by heidi storme digital work
Deaf Infant by Bonita Harris ink 9″x11.5″
Once a mother gives a birth, mother finds out your infant is deaf. Most parents might get panicked or scared not knowing what to do. Just being parents and loving your deaf child. Parents learn to sign and have your deaf children immerse into cognitive skills and enhance their language. Parents can desire for their deaf child to speak. Don’t say you can’t. You can.

DAY 2 – Deaf Club (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Zoom by Bonita Harris (Zoom Deaf club) pen and markers
Since COVID started, most of us transferred to remote online. Most of Deaf club meetings are on Zoom. They are reliable video communication. However, we faced big change.
Paint Events at Deaf Clubsby Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″x5″
How many times have I been to different Deaf Clubs across the country, hosting a Paint Event? How many people have came and painted and brought home their own canvas? I will never forget the good times at Deaf Clubs.
Untitled by PDurr watercolor
Two CODAs laying on floor chatting while one is painting, variety of folks in the background with large clock in middle and Sign Union flag in left corner.
Deaf Club by Shawn Carter color pencil 9″x12″
Olathe Club for the Deaf, Olathe, Kansas
Tribute to Greater Cincinnati Deaf Club by Bonnie Sandy 7″x10″ marker
For years, my parents devoted attending this Deaf Club, Cincinnati, OH, USA for many events. In spite of my Dad’s oralism and no signing skill, he had several Deaf friends who remained being friend to him! I will always tribute this Deaf Club in my heart forever.
Emergency Forum by Kathy Fisher-Abraham colored pencils
Deaf community were told that the club would collapse due to insufficient budget. The Deaf Club staff decided to have urgent meeting so they could listen to the deaf community’s concerns on how to improve our deaf club. The members have a monthly meeting via zoom meeting due to Covid.

DAY 1 – Clock (click image to see full artwork and advance slideshow. Scroll down to see info / specs / description from the artists

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Suddenly Slow Goodbye by PDurr Watercolor
Inspired by John Lee Clark’s poem Suddenly Slow where Deaf friends extend the goodbye by flashing the car lights as they back out and Deaf folks in the house flash lights in return.
Spinning Ad Infinitum by Amy Cohen Efron Animation art using Procreate
Spin, spin, spin…. Time seems to be fleeting during COVID-19 pandemic. Headaches, blurry images, social isolation, mental health challenges, and surrealistic experiences. Spin, spin, spin.
Untitled by Bonita Harris Pigment Micron 05 pen
Clock is filled with Deaf’s experience and pride. At noon begins with negative word for Deaf identity. Also, clock tells Deaf’s experience with feelings of over years and years of discrimination or oppression. We often get sick of hearing misconceptions about Deaf. We view them naive or ignorant. If I approach to a hearing person, I always see her/his speechless or clueless. I educate about Deaf culture. We always remind them we don’t want to be fixed or cure so respect us. We detest aggressive ones. We hope and fight for better education in Deaf children. We surely are happy being deaf and thinking our language is unique. We are not isolated. We need to see more accessible (captions) Yes, of course.. we are proud to be Deaf. If deaf baby, hand-cuffs (no signs) because her/his parents want to see you speak. They ok with baby signs.
Tired Eyes by Laurie Monahan Procreate app
this drawing are gray tones with black and white. Black solid eyebrow. There is a Shape of an eye with short lashes. There are tears (clear white drippings) and a clock showing swirl numbers next to pupil. Dark greyish below the eye.
Big Hand Little Hand on Clock by Nancy Rourke watercolor and ink 5″ x 5″
The Deaf child is on the left side and the hearing adult is on the right side (Deaf of Hearing). This is about a Deaf oral child, language deprived with missing puzzles on the head, was trying to understand the word saying 3:45 (with yellow question marks) from the hearing adult. So, the hearing adult said, “big hand on nine and little hand on three”, and the Deaf child finally understood which is the yellow puzzle. The big hand points to the minutes (minute hand) while the little hand points to the hour (hour hand). My mother would tell me that the school bus will come at 3:45 pm and so she would say big hand at nine and little hand at three.
Shit Time by Jerry Grant (from 2020)
My art sums up what many have been feeling lately.
Oral Deaf Family by Bonnie Sandy marker 7″x10″
Hands of hour and minute represent only two “gestures” we used while we talked. Hand open such as waving to get attention, “far away”, “no good”, etc. Pointing finger to point something.
Untited by heidi storme digital work
Time, Time by Kathy Fisher-Abraham colored pencils
Many peers of my age or older have shared their experiences with me about having speech and having kept eyeing a clock and schedule that made them feel “ forever and when is it going to end?” On their minds everyday during they had speech therapy and activities ( oh right)
Untitled by Shawn Elfrink
with my personal reasons for not going #DeafClub with too many bullied Deaf Catholic former Day Students at that Abusive Catholic Speech Educator nun’s funeral. Yes I was the only one former Dorm student at that funeral. I prefer stay away from the bullied Deaf Catholic former “Day Students” because they don’t care about one former dorm student from Michigan who got committed suicidal by jumping off the Empire State Building in NYC while he was NTID or RIT student. Posted on instagram as some images have movement/video https://www.instagram.com/p/CZsDDv6pFBa/
Huh? by Vicki Nordquist video ASL storytelling
https://www.facebook.com/vicki.nordquist/videos/951250205757762

Feb Challenge 2022Calendar with dates and prompt wordsadd # when you post your art #surdistsFebday_#promptword2022Day 1 clockDay 2 Deaf clubDay 3 ParentsDay 4 EyesDay 5 Family treeDay 6 TableDay 7 School of FishDay 8 BookDay 9 LampDay 10 HandsDay 11 EarsDay 12 DoorDay 13 RiverDay 14 KeyDay 15 SoundDay 16 MirrorDay 17 MaskDay 18 GlobeDay 19 LighthouseDay 20 ZipperDay 21 DucksDay 22 Butterfly Day 23 Life GuardDay 24 HeartDay 25 UndergroundDay 26 FlowerDay 27 Bridge Day 28 Tunnel Surdists United log (yellow hand with tortoise index finger pointing at an Eye with an SU in the middle as the pupil) Feb Challenge Created by Nancy Rourke with Sheila Jacobs

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