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This independent study concentrated on using collage to visually manifest intangible concepts and experiences related to disability. This objective was addressed through the techniques used in each piece’s subject matter and their physical construction. The main concept behind these collages was inspired by contemporary philosopher Elizabeth Barnes who among other researchers, has argued that disability should in no way be considered as a sub-optimal lifestyle, but maintains that in and of itself, disability can be a harm. My aim in completing this study was to investigate different methods in which I could achieve effective visual communication of abstract concepts and experiences. More specifically, my intention was to work with the given attributes of magazine paper such as line, color, and value in order to capture and convey this discussion surrounding disability.


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