9 October 2009
David Feingold is a visual designer turned social worker, turned doctoral student in disability studies at National-Louis University, Chicago. He has found a way to turn pain into pictures and anguish into art - Disability Art, that is - in the form of digital visual assemblages.
He says: "My art is inseparable from my visceral experience of life with bipolar disorder, seizure disorder and ADHD, stemming from a pedestrian car accident. Fortunately, I was the pedestrian, not the driver. The driver has likely amassed his/her fair share of bad karma for leaving the scene of the accident—and me, unconscious.
In a world made personal through the lens of my impairments, I have found a way to communicate my innermost feelings about the self behind the impairments; the self behind the cognitive and emotional deficits; the self behind the sometimes disparaged social persona.
My art exposes and expresses not only my vulnerabilities, but my defiance in succumbing to the slippery slope of despair. Thus, nested in my disability remains my strongest ability — hope."