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Hearing loss boosts the ‘visual world’ for artist

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These are a trio of paintings by Ali Cavanaugh on display at the Ellen Noel Ar Museum.

These are a trio of paintings by Ali Cavanaugh on display at the Ellen Noel Ar Museum.

Ana Ruth Lugo Mejia

Ana Ruth Lugo Mejia

These are a trio of paintings by Ali Cavanaugh on display at the Ellen Noel Ar Museum.

Ana Lugo Ruth Mejia, Multi-Media Managing Editor

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Her dependence on the visual world began when she lost much of her hearing through spinal meningitis at 2 years of age. But instead of stopping her, “this loss was a blessing in disguise” painter Ali Cavanaugh said. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1973, Cavanaugh’s paintings have not only been the subject of national solo and group exhibitions but also international. Her work has been featured on book covers, Internet features, and numerous print publications. During her recent artist talk at the Ellen Noel Art Museum, she spoke about how she learned to depend on body language and reading lips to communicate. It made her sensitive to the people around her, she said and it is perhaps what makes her the artist she is today. She talked about her early days, her inspiration, how her children have become her muses and her experimentation with watercolor on kaolin clay.

The exhibition at the Ellen Noel Art Museum (which will be on display through May 13) is a collection of the work she has done for the past ten years. Among those paintings,

Paintings by Cavanaugh in her "Modern Frescoes" exhibit.

there’s the Milly Series which is a collection with a special meaning. It portrays Milly through her battle against cancer. Cavanaugh explains that her “fascination with the dichotomy of the seen and unseen in human existence has been a conceptual cornerstone for most of [her] career as a figurative artist”. She noted that “it is in the moment of hesitation when one moved into the interior space of thought, that [she] finds inspiration”.

 

Walking through the exhibition her paintings tell a story of their own and become alive in one’s eyes.

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