This painting, titled “Silent Voice”, is hanging in my pottery shop window. I had it printed on to the canvas bags last year, which you are able to purchase. I have just hit a personal goal with my pottery shop of 20 years. Each piece of my artwork is a page of my life or diary. I decided to share the meaning of this painting. Most people, I’m sure, think its meaning is about being Deaf & sign language, but it is not.
Silent Voice is inside of you. Life throws many obstacles at you, which can feel endless. People & situations will push you down. They will knock you off course. You will fail many times. No one can succeed without failing a million times. Everyone has a Silent Voice inside of them. That Silent Voice is the one that yells at you to get back up! That Silent Voice is there, when you want to quit. That Silent Voice is the one that yells at you No! You will not quit! You can do it! Keep trying! That Silent Voice is the one you must listen to the most! The Silent Voice is in everyone. Just listen. Let that Silent Voice be Loud!
Artist’s Statement by Amanda Klinger I was born completely hearing. At age 25, I began to lose my hearing. I became completely Deaf within the next year & a half. They say the other senses heighten when you lose one. My artwork has not changed, but has been enhanced by my deafness. My focus is not only on the positive space, but also the negative space. I build a pot and carve it away to create the flow of sound. I add candles to some of my pieces to create positive space within the negative space. The candle light shining through the carvings transforms the pot into another art piece. Some titles of my works may confuse the observer until they are lit. My uncarved pieces are my “silent” pots. They stand alone in a noisy world that does not listen. Sometimes you hear better with your eyes & hands.
My canvas paintings are not “pretty” paintings. I paint heavily with a chaos of colors to create different textures, movements & emotions throughout the canvas. My paintings have brought my frustrations of ignorance to the surface. People think I am missing something. They do not realize that I am not sad by my deafness. Have you ever thought what you may be missing from all the noise of ignorance? See my Deaf voice within my paintings. I hear what you cannot see.