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A Stupid Brilliance

Heather Briggs's avatar Heather Briggs

When I was ten years old I was assessed with severe dyslexia. No matter how hard I tried, I could not spell the word cat. In addition, it was impossible for me to read “a,” “and” or “the,” and I was constantly flipping letters. Words always seamed to be my enemy. To portray theses struggles in a visual way, I assembled crafted objects displayed in hand built, cardboard boxes. Building the boxes and finding the objects helped me bring my abstract emotions and memories to life in a way that felt original and personal. The objects such as books, paper, letters, words and so on symbolize the mountain top and deep valley moments I went through on my journey. In spite of the horrible experiences, I also had victories in the battle. For example, when I read my first chapter book by myself, earned the top grade in my Biology class, and discovering my enjoyment of intriguing words. Most importantly, the way I looked at myself changed. I saw myself as special and unique.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 22 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 22 inches