Signs for LIP

Meaning: Either of the two fleshy parts that form the upper and lower edges of the opening of the mouth.


Related signs: MOUTH.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Art and Language

When I presented my video to my art class for critique at art college, the students watched the narrative poem written by a friend who asked me to translate it into ASL. I asked him to vocally speak in my video project. My friend sang with his mouth while I sang with my hands.

One of the common comments was that my signing was like "hand dancing" in their words. It was not first time one said "hand dancing" in my life. Initially, I was offended, but with contemplation I finally came up with the title for this video "Lip Dancing"! That's what we have been watching the singers' lips moving like dancing all our lives.

Lip Dancing by Jolanta Lapiak
Screenshot from the video "Lip Dancing" (2003)

More on the lip dancing post.

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