Dyslexia Art Gallery
Dyslexia art. Yes, Dyslexia art! There’s a flip side to dyslexia, one of great accomplishment and creativity, as evidenced by the astonishing numbers of entrepreneurs and entertainers, inventors and innovators, artists and achievers in countless categories—who have dyslexia.
Perhaps they are successful in spite of their dyslexia—gaining wisdom, persistence and determination from the struggle. Perhaps they are successful because of their dyslexia—and a uniquely right-brained way of looking at the world.
“DyslexiaLand” is what I call it: a place of darkness and light, obstacles and opportunities that can be navigated successfully through awareness and understanding. It becomes a matter of choice.
With that in mind, the pieces in this collection were created to help visualize characteristics and issues of dyslexia and individuals who have/had it. They were assembled from discarded materials, many of them found right at a unique community recycling program called Art from Scrap. Since individuals with dyslexia are highly visual and 3-D thinkers, it was important to honor them by de-emphasizing the written word while still communicating essential information.
In many ways, students with dyslexia are often devalued in school, where their weaknesses are incessantly exposed. They must rediscover their true value in the real world where their strengths redefine their individual worth far beyond the classroom. It seems appropriate to reassemble scrap into thoughtful pieces that celebrate individuals with dyslexia, and increase awareness about this most common learning difference.