Verbal Tinnitus

Creative Response

Diversity Art Australia

Supported by @diversityartsau to create a response to the #imnotavirus project alongside many talented creatives. Big thanks for supporting this.

This is my creative response <Verbal Tinnitus> to the rise of unpleasant noises from the global pandemic.

Funded by Australia Council, Creative Victoria and Create NSW.


Further information can be found via Diversity Arts Australia’s project links:

http://iamnotavirusaustralia.org.au/jingwen-jina-he/

http://diversityarts.org.au/final-slate-of-artists-announced-for-i-am-not-a-virus/


“Please stop that noise. Stop that pain created by the verbal abuse channelling through the ears with harmful intentions. That sound gets louder and louder together with the impacts of the global pandemic. The virus does not discriminate against people but why should people do so to each other? Those unnecessary words are like invisible weapons stabbing through one’s minds and hurting one’s soul without a trace. The noise when one suffers from tinnitus isn’t heard from the external but instead by the internal – a side effect of exposure to hostile environments and incidents, one that cannot be heard by anyone else. The work is not to disregard the importance of freedom of speech but rather to raise the awareness of verbal abuse and its impact on mental health. It is to express the power of words by creating and sculpting unpleasant words/letters and visualize their impacts. When these destructive letters come together, they create disruptive noises in the ears. They also cast marks onto the plain paper like how they could do to an innocent person. “


Materials: clay, polystyrene twine, vanish, acrylic paint, foam boards, paper.

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