Ink Visible is a collaboration with tattoo artists who self-identify with an invisible disability who have created temporary tattoos inspired by their experiences. Each temporary tattoo is accompanied with the artist’s story. All the temporary tattoos and stories will be available at Ink Visible events and at the online store. In addition, the public will be able to contribute their story and a drawing to the project at the traveling Ink Visible event. The first installment of Ink Visible features 5 Portland-based tattoo artists. For more information, please visit inkvisible.org.
Making the invisible visible using temporary tattoos. As the artist moves, the temporary tattoos start to wear off and once again her disability becomes invisible. Temporary (Visible Disability) Tattoo serves as a starting point to discuss invisible disabilities within society and how identity is constructed through a falsification prescribed by viewers. More than 90%* of people with disabilities have invisible disabilities, yet there is a large discrepancy and stigma prescribed on people from society because of lack of education and awareness on invisible disabilities. * US Census Bureau
Arianna Warner applied temporary tattoos with the "disabled" symbol all over her body where her disability affects her. Over the course of 2 weeks, Arianna performed her regular everyday experience with the addition of the tattoos. As she moved through space, her temporary tattoos began to wear just as the more she acted "normal", the more her disability became invisible. Throughout this performance, anyone who inquired about the tattoos to Warner, she would discuss what the project was and what invisible disabilities were. At the end of the interaction, Arianna would offer each person a secondary project tattoo with a new symbol for invisible disabilities. On the back of the tattoo there is a pledge, "By applying this temporary tattoo to my skin, I show my support to those with invisible disabilities and I pledge to talk to anyone about invisible disabilities who inquire about this tattoo."
You can get your very own Invisible Disabilities tattoo at Warner's shop. The proceeds of these tattoo go towards making more projects similar to this succeed.
The Dedication Project is a collection of crowd-authored books which contents are primarily dedications collected from a specific community who dedicate the book to someone of influence or importance to their personal lives. Once their volume is published, each author receives a copy of their book to give to dedication recipient. This Project as a whole blurs the lines between art and the everyday, specifically by reviving gratitude in cultural language in the twenty-first century.
Dedication: Volume 1 Family
Arianna reached out to over 100 family members all over the country inviting them to collaborate on the first volume of the Dedication Series.
"I am excited to learn more about my family through this project and who has be been influential in family member’s lives. Once I’ve collected all the dedications, I will compile them, publish, and print the book. All the authors will receive a for you to give whoever you dedicate your submission to. If they are no longer with us, then hopefully you will be able to find one of their family members or close family friend to give it to." -From the letter Arianna sent to all her family members.
Dedication: Volume 2 Assembly
Over the course of an evening sleeping over at the Portland Art Museum (6/7/14), Assembly participants were invited to engage with The Dedication Project which will continue to exist outside the weekend event. As the second volume of the Project, this community was generated by experience driven by strangers interest in art and social practice. This experience --though for a short time-- has brought together people from various locations, ages, and lifestyles to experience this event and form the second community The Dedication Project would interact with.
"Assembly is a participatory art and social practice gathering that unfolds over the course of a weekend. Participants of Assembly take an active role in shaping the collective experience by contributing to dialogue, group projects, and publications."
Dedication: Volume 3 Project Space
Dedication: Volume 3 Project Space 600 Mission St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 investigates social engagement, participation, community building, and conversation through a number of platforms. Engagement will happen between the artist and the public at Project Space located at 600 Mission St. SE, Salem, OR 97302 Suite #200 and #210.
Information on Project Space:
"Project Space is a dynamic (June to September) contemporary art opportunity. Taking place at Liberty Plaza (285 Liberty St. NE, Suite 200 and 210) in downtown Salem, Project Space offers juried exhibits by regional artists, studio space, in addition to performances and other events that encourage community dialogue. Project Space is designed to bring out the experimental, the creative, the unexpected, the large, the small, the moveable and moving; embracing new avenues of expression.
Arianna Warner designed The Dinosaur Onesie Project to create a community based in happiness. While being hospitalized for a chronic medical condition, she transformed her stressful stay into a positive experience. Warner wore a dinosaur onesie outfit she purchased off the internet around the hospital to the smiles and laughter of everyone who saw her. Warner’s hospital performance interrupted the attention of patients and staff from their struggles and redirected it to the surprising sight of the artist in her outfit. By talking to Warner and to each other about the Dinosaur Onesie, the individuals previously separated by sadness came together in happiness.
Upon returning to college in the Fall, she realized that she could expand the project. The University’s atmosphere during midterms shared the hospital’s tension and malaise. Warner created artistic avenues for the students-as-viewers to become participants through her performance of attending class in the onesie, hiding 3” wax dinosaurs around the campus, and screen-printing the image of the dinosaur onesie on t-shirts. A Tumblr for pictures of the miniature wax dinosaurs’ adventures expanded the routes available to interact with the project. The community of happiness grew as Warner brought people together at her t-shirt workshop. By interrupting the student’s daily grind with the dinosaur onesie, the artist created a playground for social learning to complement the University’s heavy academic environment.
The success of the project at the hospital and the university led the artist to take her message on the road. Driving up the 101 fwy spread the project along the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco and expanded the audience beyond the specific environments of hospital and university to the general environment of everyday life. The burden of dealing with our personal struggles is lifted by a smile, where we can find the strength in ourselves to catch what life throws at us.
Ultimately, The Dinosaur Onesie Project is about strangers creating a community by sharing and listening. We know that OTHERS have the power to inspire us, but we too often
forget that WE have the power to inspire others.