Infographics function much like body language, sharing ideas across languages and cultures. My work uses charts to communicate urgency, frivolousness, or humor. In this case, I wanted to explore the human reasoning for learning signed languages rather than spoken. I am conscious of how my identity is political, so I further politicized my relationship with people in my life by making these drawings.
I’ve seen how much attention sign language has attracted in the past ten years: Deaf roles in movies, demand for sign language classes in schools, and visible press conference interpreters. I am feeling somewhat optimistic that people are growing less anti–sign language and are seeing that Deaf identity is one huge, beautiful spectrum. I hope we’re going in a direction where more of us will tell our own stories without being filtered through a hearing lens.