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Exploring Deaf Geographies from Pyramid Atlantic

On View January 22–February 27, 2022

Curated by Tabitha Jacques in collaboration with the Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology

Deaf geographies are at once both physical and abstract spaces, ranging from Deaf community hubs such as Washington, DC, and Rochester, NY, to conversations, impressions, and memories shared by Deaf people expressing their identities. Works by five Deaf artists are featured in this exhibition that features prints, papercutting, collage, paintings, and papermaking.

Exploring Deaf Geographies is presented in partnership with the Dyer Arts Center, part of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology. It is curated by Tabitha Jacques who is the Director of the Dyer Arts Center and splits her time between Rochester and DC.

“This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to have a deeper understanding of the complexities of Deaf life through art and to build onto the concept of Hyattsville becoming a Deaf geography of its own,” states Jacques. Jacques goes on to say “Hyattsville is becoming a hub for the Deaf community; the town has a Deaf-owned brewery, boasts a sizable population of Deaf individuals and families, and is seeing an increase in small businesses learning to work with Deaf residents. By partnering with the RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is building on Hyattsville’s Deaf community with an exhibition that features works by Deaf artists.”

The artists represented in the show are current residents of either the greater Rochester or DC areas.


    Laural Hartman is a Los Angeles-born artist and printer based in Rochester. Laural currently divides her time as a faculty at NTID where she teaches Drawing and Design courses and as a printer for dirtybeardpress, a boutique studio she founded in San Francisco.

    Youmee Lee, a Korean American woman artist, explores materials and weaves narrative illustrations into her art. She studied visual arts in New York City, Seoul, and Amsterdam. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Film and Animation.

    Melissa Malzkuhn is a Maryland-based academic, artist, and advocate with a love for language play, interactive experiences, and community-based change. She founded and leads creative research and development at Motion Light Lab, at Gallaudet University and can frequently be seen printing in Pyramid’s studios.

    Aaron Swindle hails from Camarillo, California and is currently based in Rochester NY. He has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from New York Studio School.

    Yiqiao Wang is a Chinese-born artist and illustrator who came from Beijing to study at Gallaudet and currently lives in Virginia. She has a BA in Digital Media from Gallaudet and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work includes illustrating storybook apps as well as creating mural designs many of which can be seen in the DC area.


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Learn more about the artists and their work in the exhibition—watch the Artist Panel Discussion, which took place on February 23, 2022.


Multitudinous Mouths
  • Yiqiao Wang
  • Multitudinous Mouths, 2012
Screenprint
23 x 15 in

My Summer Memory
  • Yiqiao Wang
  • My Summer Memory, 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
14 x 11 in

Stop Hate
  • Yiqiao Wang
  • Stop Hate, 2021
Red papercutting
14 x 11 in

The Double Fuck
  • Melissa Malzkuhn
  • The Double Fuck, 2018
Risograph print
17 x 11 in

Jam
  • Aaron Swindle
  • Jam, 2018
Acrylic and mixed media collage on paper
21 x 17 in

Grid Unlocked
  • Laural Hartman
  • Grid Unlocked, 2021
Monoprint: ink on paper
12 x 12 in

The F Bomb
  • Melissa Malzkuhn
  • The F Bomb, 2018
Risograph print
17 x 11 in

Steel Roses
  • Aaron Swindle
  • Steel Roses, 2019
Mixed media collage on paper
8 x 7 in

Moon and Sun
  • Youmee Lee
  • Moon and Sun, 2017
Etching on mulberry paper (hanji)
12 x 12 in

Nocturnal Journey
  • Youmee Lee
  • Nocturnal Journey, 2019
Etching on mulberry paper (hanji)
16 x 20 in

Blue Pyramid
  • Aaron Swindle
  • Blue Pyramid, 2020
Acrylic collage on paper
8 x 7 in

Virtual Flower from a Hand
  • Yiqiao Wang
  • Virtual Flower from a Hand, 2021
Red papercutting
16 x 12 in

Crating the Bee
  • Laural Hartman
  • Crating the Bee, 2021
Monoprint: ink and wax on paper
22 x 30 in

Field of Dreams
  • Youmee Lee
  • Field of Dreams, 2019
Etching
16 x 20 in

Reverse Black Mirror
  • Aaron Swindle
  • Reverse Black Mirror, 2019
Monotype, acrylic on paper
20 x 27 in

Octopus
  • Yiqiao Wang
  • Octopus, 2021
Red papercutting
16 x 12 in

Here and There
  • Laural Hartman
  • Here and There, 2018
Monoprint: ink on paper
30 x 40 in

Imagination
  • Youmee Lee
  • Imagination, 2019
Etching on mulberry paper (hanji)
16 x 20 in

Memories
  • Youmee Lee
  • Memories, 2017
Etching
14 x 11 in

The Jet Fighter Fuck
  • Melissa Malzkuhn
  • The Jet Fighter Fuck, 2015
Risograph print
17 x 11 in

Vividness
  • Youmee Lee
  • Vividness, 2019
Etching on mulberry paper (hanji)
14 x 18 in

Incidental Exposure
  • Laural Hartman
  • Incidental Exposure, 2020
Screenprint/Monoprint: ink on paper
22 x 30 in

The Monumental Fuck
  • Melissa Malzkuhn
  • The Monumental Fuck, 2015
Risograph print
17 x 11 in

My Childhood
  • Yiqiao Wang
  • My Childhood, 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
14 x 11 in

Heaps (first edition)
  • Laural Hartman
  • Heaps (first edition), 2020
Screenprint: ink on paper
22 x 30 in

Tipping Point
  • Laural Hartman
  • Tipping Point, 2017
Monoprint: ink on paper
18.5 x 25 in

Sign "Tiger" with Tiger Head
  • Yiqiao Wang
  • Sign "Tiger" with Tiger Head, 2021
Red papercutting
11 x 14 in

Sign the First Word
  • Yiqiao Wang
  • Sign the First Word, 2021
Red papercutting
12 x 16 in

Sunshine and Rainbows
  • Laural Hartman
  • Sunshine and Rainbows, 2021
Monoprint: ink and wax on paper
30 x 36 in

Sleepwalking
  • Aaron Swindle
  • Sleepwalking, 2020
Mixed media collage on paper
11 x 14 in

Somerton and Park
  • Laural Hartman
  • Somerton and Park, 2017
Screen-print/Monoprint: ink on paper
24 x 33 in

Hoodwinked
  • Laural Hartman
  • Hoodwinked, 2021
Monoprint: ink on paper
10 x 10 in

Dis. Trip
  • Aaron Swindle
  • Dis. Trip, 2019
Mixed Media Collage and Color Pencils on Paper
14 x 11 in

Room to Grow
  • Youmee Lee
  • Room to Grow, 2018
Drawing on handmade hanji
18 x 14 in

X.Y.Z
  • Aaron Swindle
  • X.Y.Z, 2021
Monotype, acrylic on paper
18 x 24 in

Hu-To Sign is Human
  • Melissa Malzkuhn
  • Hu-To Sign is Human, 2018
Risograph print
17 x 11 in

Awake
  • Youmee Lee
  • Awake, 2019
Etching
12 x 18 in
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