We Can't Walk; So What?!

Ty Dykema's avatar Ty Dykema

As a wheelchair-bound artist, I thought the most appropriate project of mine to enter would be a series of stylized portrait paintings of some of my peers. Each subject of the paintings uses a wheelchair in everyday life because they have SMA. They are important members of their communities and are exceptional in their respective crafts. Adam Davis is a hip-hop DJ from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tess Hazenberg is an MSU graduate currently doing social work in North Carolina. And Shane Burcaw is the CEO of the non-profit organization, Laughing At My Nightmare based out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The theme of this project is simple - pay respects to and shine some much deserved light on my people while showing the world what we CAN do, not just what we’re limited to.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Painting
  • Width: 59.5 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 23 inches