JoAnn Purcell: Disability Daily Drawn (1000 encounters)

Disability Daily Drawn (1000 encounters)
JoAnn Purcell

Gales Gallery
Accolade West Building
York University

June 17 – 21, 2019
Reception: Thursday June 20 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 12 – 5 p.m. daily

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 is about creating a regular forum to slow down, pay attention, listen and make room for difference and is a collaboration with a minor who has 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 include.

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.

Gales 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 current and founding Program Coordinator of Illustration at Seneca College. 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
Professor/Program Coordinator
Independent Illustration
School of Creative Arts and Animation
70 The Pond Road
Toronto, Ontario M3J 3M6
American Illustration collection @ Seneca