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What movie are you most looking forward to this semester? “The Avengers.”

Artsy Anomaly

remember Check out the plans for this weekend’s Night on the Town, sponsored by College Town UTA, in Thursday’s Pulse. Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Graduate student’s artwork inspired by her hearing loss by lindsey juarez The Shorthorn staff

Who’s your celebrity crush? “Hayley Williams.” Conner Rodriguez, biochemistry freshman What movie are you most looking forward to this semester? “Abduction.” Who’s your celebrity crush? “Michael Cera.” Corisa Smith,

undeclared freshman What movie are you most looking forward to this semester? “X-Men: First Class.” Who’s your celebrity crush? “India Arie.” Christopher irvin,

history junior

to-do

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Music Honors Recital When: 7:30-8:30 Tonight Where: Irons Recital Hall Cost: Free Contact: 817-272-3491 What: UTA music faculty and student host a recital showcasing solo and chamber music settings. tuesday Evenings at the Modern: presents Alejandro Cesarco When: 6:30 Tonight Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell St. Fort Worth Cost: Free; Tickets can be picked up starting at 5 p.m. Contact: 817-738-9215 What: Artist Alejandro Cesarco was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, currently lives and works in New York, and is known for his style of repetition, narration and incorporation of reading and translating in his work. There will be a maximum of 250 guests allowed into the lecture. $2 Movie: limitless When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Planetarium Cost: $2 Contact: 817-272-1183 What: Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in this film about a pill, that when taken enables people to access the entirety of their brain. One-Mic Stand-up Comedy When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: University Center Rosebud Theater Cost: Free Contact: 817-272-2963 What: EXCEL Campus Activities will host The Upright Citizens Brigade touring company, an improv team that has had comedians such as Amy Poehler, Ed Helms and Horatio Sanz on their roster.

The Shorthorn: Casey Holder

intermedia arts graduate student Janet Morrow poses in her studio space housed in the Studio Arts Center. Morrow’s emphasis is in intermedia, and her latest exhibited works are photographs of the interiors of industrial buildings.

“What came out of a really painful situation for me can result in something that people can have fun with.” Janet Morrow, intermedia arts graduate student

constrained

bravado

Pharmacakes

coming of age

Cyclin’ Sallies When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Maverick Bike Shop Cooper Chase Apartments 402. S. Cooper St., Apt. 109 Arlington Cost: Free Contact: 817-301-2795 What: Weekly bicycle ride for all levels of women cyclist. The ride will end at the jazz performance in the Architecture courtyard. Jazz on the lawn When: 7-8 p.m. Thursday Where: Architecture Building courtyard Cost: Free Contact: 817-272-3471 What: The UTA jazz band and ensemble will perform at the outside performance. The performance will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Courtesy: Janet Morrow

intermedia arts graduate student Janet Morrow uses sculptures to communicate her ideas and emotions. Bravado, Pharmacakes, and Coming of Age, which were shown at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., are made of objects people usually run to for comfort. ‘Constrained’ is Morrow’s favorite piece and demonstrates the frustration she felt about not being able to communicate to people when she lost her hearing.

Janet Morrow sits in the far left corner of a workshop she shares with three other art students in the Studio Arts center. Above her desk is a set of small paintings that spell the word “Anomaly.” She said, when people accomplish something beyond their means, other people call it an anomaly. Morrow, intermedia arts graduate student, 54 and deaf, asks, “Why can’t we be anomalies?” Morrow, who is currently putting together pieces she will show in January at the Fort Worth community Arts center, saw her life take a drastic turn when her hearing began to decline at age 36. “It was not very bad in the beginning. It was just a mild loss, and I managed it really well with hearing aids,” Morrow said. “At that point, the doctors were telling me it would probably never get any worse, but it did.” Morrow discovered she had autoimmune inner ear disease, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the ear causing rapid hearing loss and dizziness. By 2004, the disease progressed to the point that she could no longer do her job. At 47 years old, Morrow had to leave her marketing career at Blockbuster and start over, but it wasn’t long before she got back on her feet. “Once I got over the shock, I realized I really didn’t want to just sit home and be deaf for the rest of my life,” she said. Two years later she enrolled in Tarrant county college. She now has two cochlear implants, which allow her to hear speech so she can communicate and listen to people adequately. Morrow received the first implant in 2006, the same year she enrolled at Tcc. She received her second implant in 2009, the same year she was admitted to UTA. When she enrolled in classes at Tcc, she wanted to specialize in graphic design but her passion was in a slightly different area. While growing up in Memphis surrounded by art museums, Morrow found her passion for art. Her passion was soon forgotten when her family moved to Texas because the school she attended didn’t offer art classes. After being in arts classes at Tcc, her love for art was revitalized. “All that love of art I had as a child re-awoke, and I realized that, that’s what I really wanted to be doing,” she said. Since then, she has been busy building her art career by exhibiting her work at places such as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.c., and the Fort Worth community Arts center. She’s currently working toward her master’s degree. Three of her photographs of industrial interiors were shown at the 2011 Texas Artists coalition Juried Membership exhibition in August where she won the Juror’s choice Award. Her photographs will be displayed at the Fort Worth community Arts center from January to March. Morrow also makes sculptures, paintings, drawings and videos. The Smithsonian Institution displayed her cake sculptures, which are made of objects people usually run to for comfort. Most of her work follows the theme of disability and her hearing loss. One of her favorite pieces, “constrained,” is a sculpture of a plastic form filled with helium tied to cinder blocks. She said she made the piece during a time of particular frustration when she felt various circumstances were holding her down. When the piece was displayed at an exhibition, she watched children run around the sculpture and lie beneath it like a tent. “What came out of a really painful situation for me can result in something that people can have fun with,” Morrow said. The students Morrow shares a studio with agreed that her work is powerful and reflects her struggle with deafness. Jeff Gibbons, also an intermedia arts graduate student, called her work “honest and fearless, which are two amazing attributes.” Assistant sculpture professor Darryl Lauster, one of Morrow’s professors and mentors, agreed with Gibbons. “She’s one of the most fearless people I know,” he said. “not only does she meet all my challenges, but she challenges herself on top of it.” Morrow said one thing she likes about her art is that many people can relate to the frustration of not being able to communicate what they are going through, even if they haven’t experienced severe hearing loss. “We all kind of walk around inside our skins, and it’s difficult to build trust and communication with other people,” she said. Lauster said Morrow has a way of connecting people together through a common fight with life’s difficulties. “One of her finest artistic qualities, actually, is bringing us all together in such a way that we can see how different we all are and the various struggles that we all have,” he said. Morrow says she realizes how unique her situation is and wants other students to not be deterred from pursuing their dreams just because they think they can’t achieve them. “I’m in my fifties. I’ve had a couple of whopping big disabilities, and there’s every reason in the world why I should not be having success with this. And yet, I am,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of opportunities to exhibit and I’m enjoying the heck out of it. I feel like if I can do it, anybody can.” lindsey juarez features-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu


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