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Erin Donaldson

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Donaldsonerin-2
Scottsboro, 2008 Intaglio Etching 9 X 14 Inches © 2008
Donaldsonerin-3
Scottsboro 8, 2008 Intaglio Etching
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Ingrid Nicholls, 2008 Intaglio Etching 17 X 11 Inches © 2008
Donaldson_erin
More than Before and After, 2008 Intaglio Etching 4.5 X 6.5
Erin150b
dialogue with Marine Corporal Mike Jernigan, 2008 Intaglio Etching 24 X 63 Inches © 2008
Jcloseup1
Jernigan before, 2008 Intaglio Etching
Jcloseup2
Jernigan after, 2008 Intaglio Etching
Mittmanmini
Sgt. First Class Jeffrey Mittman, 2008 Intaglio Etching 38x42
Beforeied
mittman detail (before IED), 2008 Intaglio Etching 3x4
Afteried1
mittman detail (after IED), 2008 Intaglio Etching 3x4
Foreheadflaptransfer
mittman detail (forehead flap transfer), 2008 Intaglio Etching 3x4
Youngestdaughter
mittman detail (youngest daughter), 2008 Intaglio Etching 3x4
Doctor_s-office
mittman detail (doctor's office), 2008 Intalgio Etching 3x4
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East Boston Breakers, 2008 Intalgio Etching 7 X 9 Inches © 2008
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Bert remembers being an 80's icon, 2008 Intaglio Etching 32 X 30 Inches © 2008
Makimini
Til we have faces, 2008 Intaglio Etching 20 X 39 Inches © 2008
Richardmini
The Storyteller's Orbit, 2008 Intaglio Etching
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Richard's Eye Prosthesis, 2007 Silicone Sculpture © 2007
Smithsonian
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Detroit, MI
Birth year
1980
Lives in
Diamond Bar, CA
Tags
printmaking mixed-media, printmaking/etching realism, figurative
Statement

I am an anaplastologist - a facial prosthetist. I create small portraits for people to wear. In this field, I work with both soldiers and civilians who have facial differences, and struggle to be accepted by society. The public has been taught to be afraid of disfigurement. I have seen several polarizing art exhibits about disability, inviting the public to feel sorry for the subject, or to stare. We assume their disfigurement will alienate them from society until or unless they are ‘fixed.’

So how do we change the way the public views disfigurement?

We need to show something in common with the subject. This means I cannot make a single portrait, and expect the public to think my subject is as beautiful as an antique Roman marble – like I do. I need to show the subject in an environment, create a sense of time, and show relationships with other people. I have to create a story to make a portrait, so the viewer can see what is hidden behind a face. 

 

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