dyslexic                                                                                                                       eric staib

'labeled' an inner-self portrait expressing my K-12 public school experience.
'labeled' was created using reject cans of paint nobody wanted. In a way, this is how most of us special education students feel and how we think our peers think of us. I truly had no idea to what I was doing in terms of painting techniques. however, I did have a vision of descriptive name calling written on peer arms pointing in-word as I'm drowning in a blackhole of non-escape dealing with low self-esteem, self-worth and a complete failure.
I took a large piece of raw canvas, stapled to a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood and instead of using a paint brush, I created the entire painting using my left hand. When I had this feeling of completion, I propped the painting up, stood back and cried. For the first time in my life, I was able to express my feelings.
'labeled', was created after my undergrad 
degree, it is the first painting I ever made in
 
my life. 


 

 


 

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