JoAnn Purcell: Disability Daily Drawn (1000 encounters)


Disability Daily Drawn (1000 encounters)
JoAnn Purcell

Special Projects Gallery
Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts
86 Fine Arts Rd, North York, ON M3J 1P3
York University

October 12 – 18, 2019
Hours as follows:
October 12-13 by appointment
October 14- closed (Thanksgiving)
October 15 – 18 Hours: 11 – 4 p.m. daily

Reception: Wednesday October 16 from 5 – 9 p.m.

This project began three years ago in the ordinary days of family life where JoAnn Purcell drew a 4-panel comic everyday alongside her thirteen-year-old daughter, Simone, born with the genetic difference Down syndrome. This project was about creating a regular forum to slow down, pay attention, listen and make room for difference and collaborate with a child with an intellectual disability. Simone has leant her body, affect and trust in this project and to value her contribution, no object or event was too trivial or banal to exclude.

The daily comics refract the everyday experience of living beside disability and reveal the imperceptible. The transposition of encounters considers the element of time, visual representations, text, individual panels and juxtapositions, compositions, page layouts, and gutters. It is in this multimodality that comics can impart a different way of knowing and provide an entry into uniquely humorous, difficult, peculiar or lovely daily encounters with disability and difference.

The primary impetus for this project is to make visible a body whose genetic makeup has been historically institutionalized, marginalized or disappeared so the presentation of all the encounters without editing in this exhibit allows the volume of work to take up the full space of the gallery.

Special Projects Gallery at York University is accessible by Ontario standards and is on the main floor of the Accolade West Building of York University. There is an accessible washroom on the same level. The nearby subway TTC is wheelchair accessible.

JoAnn Purcell is a PhD candidate in Critical Disability Studies at York University where she can combine her background as a visual artist and registered nurse and create comics alongside disability and difference. She holds an MA in Art History from York University, a BScN from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She is the Interim chair of the School of Creative Arts and Animation at Seneca College and will return to her position as Program Coordinator of Illustration. She was instrumental in the creation of the award winning Animation Arts Centre and was coordinator in the early years. As Faculty she teaches drawing, painting, colour theory and visual art and illustration history. She has years of hands on experience as a visual artist, animator and visual effects artist and previously, psychiatric nursing.

For more information please contact:
JoAnn Purcell M.A., A.O.C.A.

PhD Candidate in Critical Disability
York University
Interim Chair
School of Creative Arts and Animation
70 The Pond Road
Toronto, Ontario M3J 3M6