Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The meaning of the ASL signs

I have been asked by a number of people if I could list the feelings that the ASL hand signs are communicating. The sign in the middle of the pupil means isolation. Starting directly above this sign with the two hands outstretched and going clockwise around the iris are the feelings of

1. being scared when isolated

2. how oppressed they feel if isolated

3. that friendships can be built when people understand them

4. how signing helps them to carry on

5. how barriers can be broken down

6. how it provides a way they can communicate and ease frustration

7. how it provides a way to express their feelings

8. how it helps to avoid confusion

and lastly

9. how they can express their love for others close to them

I am now painting in the hands themselves so that they become almost part of the iris. For me this feels symbolic because for people who use sign language the importance of their eyes and hands are so interlinked and they use them 'as one'. Understanding is not possible without both.

Don't forget to click on the picture in the previous post to see the progress that has been made in the picture as a whole so far.

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