Shambria Figueroa

Touched
Acrylic on Handmade Paper
8.5" x 11"
2016


Bio:

I was born and raised in Gaffney, South Carolina. I attend Winthrop University where I am a candidate for a B.A. in Art with a minor in art history degree. At an early age, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and found myself struggling with other content areas such as math, spelling and reading. Art became my only outlet for stress and allowed me to communicate my thoughts when words failed me. My study of art has helped me understand the world in a new way and pushed me to find multiple means of communication.

Artist Statement:

Instead of thinking of my dyslexia as a disadvantage I used it to help see things others might miss. I found others around me used different forms of communication outside of their voices; one of these forms being American Sign Language. It was the discovery of this language here at Winthrop that led me to want to understand and explore hand movements and motions. Through the rapid movement of the hands I intend to capture the human hand in motion using multimedia.