Leslie Calvert is from Roswell, Georgia, and will be graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art with a Graphic Design concentration in December 2022. Her other area of focus is photography. Leslie utilizes both mediums for documentation, advertising, and brand development. During her time at Georgia College & State University, she has worked as a Communications Intern at Northminster Presbyterian Church and as the Lead Project Designer on the Little Libraries of Baldwin County grant project. Upon graduation, Leslie plans to pursue a career in graphic design.
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Through this series, I would like to convey a sense of my own experience with hearing impairment and share stories about others’ hearing loss. The transition to wearing a hearing aid has made me interested in knowing more about people with hearing issues and their experiences with hearing loss. For this series, I’ve selected key words from my conversations with these persons and used them to create designs that I then print on mirrors. The typography around the central space in the mirrors create a sense of sound without any actual noise. Viewers can see themselves reflected in the mirrors, thereby putting themselves in the place of those with hearing loss and impairment. The sound piece and vibration box give the spectator a glimpse into the situations experienced by these persons.
My work seeks to draw spectators into the struggles with sound that people with hearing loss face. I personally struggle with hearing loss and recently got a hearing aid. The transition of getting used to having a hearing aid led me to wanting to learn about other people’s experience with hearing loss and to share our struggles so that others can understand what we go through. Hearing issues are difficult to explain to those who do not have them. They are something you need to experience to understand fully. This series allows people to experience communication struggles and the difficulties that those with hearing loss face, which can at times be overwhelming. More broadly, this work allows viewers, and hearers, to pause and reflect on the crucial role of sound and hearing in everyday life.