Nearly 15 million Americans have some form of speech dysfluency. Our lack of awareness about these ways of speaking, however, has led to prejudice, stigma, and a bias toward corrective, "normalizing" speech therapies. Stuttering, like most speech disorders, must be corrected, overcome, and erased.
As a person diagnosed with stuttering, ex perience contends with this narrative of overcoming. Using motion graphics, photography, and 3-D typography, the project presents stuttering as a visual, linguistic, and physical space that is rich with poesis and strife, materiality, and meaning.
Made for Blaffer Art Museum's MFA Thesis Exhibition, the work occupies a long corridor designed to generate greater speech-related inclusivity. It takes stuttering out of erasure and into an open forum, asking the viewer to reconsider his or her own beliefs of what it means to speak "dysfluently."