CIRCLE STORIES

 

In 1997, I began a series of portraits of Disabled people who had careers in the arts and academia, and who explored body issues in his or her own work.

 

The name, “Circle Stories,” refers to multiple aspects of the project. The portraiture method is a circular and collaborative process, based on extensive interviews with each participant. We talked about their lives, work, and understanding of disability. 

The circle of the wheelchair is the nearly universal symbol of disability. The wheel transforms the ordinary object of the chair into a mark of physical and social difference. Circle Stories charts the existence of a community of Disabled innovators who work to redefine disability in the 21st century.

Note: Audio descriptions of the artwork are in progress and we hope to provide them soon.

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