Carol A. Hand
Facebook reminded me of a post I made three years ago (September 26, 2012). It was dedicated to a friend and former colleague in the art department of the university where I used to teach. He’s the one who taught me how to use art to unlock stories as a form of resistance to hegemony.
Hi dear friend, this is for you and the A-Team [the Action Team we worked with to address racial discrimination on campus]. While working on a critique of how social work educators deal with difference, I remembered the importance of art. 🙂 Many years ago, I was inspired by an illustration in Michel Foucault’s book, Discipline and Punish, of the process often used to assimilate those who are different. I have attached my attempt to draw a similar metaphor.
Photo: Drawing by Carol A. Hand
(based on an adaptation of N. Andry (1749), Orthopaedrics or the art of preventing and correcting deformities of the body in children, cited in Foucault, 1979, illustration # 10, inset between pp. 169-170)
Today, this memory inspired a (somewhat) light-hearted poem…
If you’re a different kind of tree
Accustomed to adversity
Others may find you strange
They may say the constraints imposed
To help you fit in, with options closed
Are for your own good – a necessary change
Please believe me – you’re fine just as you are
With your roots deep in the earth
Hold onto your dreams as you aim for a shooting star
Photo: Shooting Star – Clip Arts
Foucault, Michel (1979). Discipline & punish: The birth of the prison. (A. Sheridan, Trans.). New York: Vintage Books. (Original work published 1975)
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