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Dyslexia through the eyes of artists

It was another busy, busy week in the political world. So how about taking a break from it all with some art? We thought that might be nice.

A few weeks ago, we ran a series called Unlocking Dyslexia that took a deep look into the most common reading disorder. We know a lot of facts about dyslexia, b ut we know much less about how it feels to people who have it -- how it shapes self-image, confidence and perception

Our visuals editor, LA Johnson, reached out to six artists with dyslexia and asked them to  share their experience through their art. Turns out, dyslexia plays a big role in their creative process. Some said their struggle with written words informs their art, and that the struggle to express ideas they can't in writing makes their art unique.
 
Here’s what a few of them had to say:
 
“I feel dyslexic creatives aren't much different than other creative people, but all dyslexic people are very creative.”  --  Mel Jarvis, illustrator, Detroit
 
“In my work, I try to see these flaws as a new way of showing language by breaking it down into the physical lines to demonstrate how words are actually made.”  -- Nick Fagan, fine artist, Ohio
 
“I understand things visually, by finding them in paint.”-- Rachel Deane, painter, Rhode Island

“I painted a painting and added some texts. I had no time to correct the spelling, so the next day all the other students and professors were trying to read their way through my uncorrected text, and suddenly they were dyslexic” -- Gudrun Hasle, fine artist, Denmark

You can see some of their art at the top, but click here to see it all in full and read more about the artists.


 
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