Signs for NATURE

Definition: The physical world and everything in it (such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans, stars, etc.) that is not made by people.


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Deaf Poetry and Art

Artist statement: Sitting on the fallen, dry trunk of a tree about 5 minutes bicycle ride away from the art residency in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, I contemplated what art to make. At first, there seemed to be not much activity at all. All calming and still. Except for the occasional airplane flying across the sky, leaving behind white whiffs. And a bird flying across the blue sky. So much activity for such silent scene which still has a voice.

Un/spoken poetry by Jolanta Lapiak
"Un/spoken Poetry in Nature" (2017) by Jolanta Lapiak. 9.5"x11" board on 13"x15" frame. Original buyer/collector: Pamela Witcher, 2017-present.

The first line describes an experience where everything was silent and calm. Suddenly, there was some interruption in the silence that occurred in the sky.

The second line begins from the left to the right. It describes clouds.

The third line moves from the right to the left, describing the outline of mountains.

The fourth line from the left to the right describes a musical vibration of the water (lake).

The fifth line (right to left) shows some roughness of the rocks here and there.

The sixth line (left to right) describes a mix of green tall grasses and water.

The seventh line (right to left) depicts two main digits of ASL signs. The left half of the line tells of a huge trunk of the fallen tree. The right half describes the huge roots of the tree. The last digit on the far right shows a closing of the lines by closing eyes.

In the last closing line, the ASL written digits tells about myself sitting and looking. I contemplated about what poem-to-express. The very last digits is my name sign "red cheek". Below my name sign is my signature in English alphabet.

Un/spoken poetry by Jolanta Lapiak
"Photo by Jolanta Lapiak for the ASL-written poem.

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