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“Where all bodies are exquisite” by painter Riva Lehrer

Posted in Disability Art, and News

Read a really interesting NYT op-ed piece by disabled artist Riva Lehrer that combines her art and a little about her teaching medical students.

Image shows a 2003 painting by Riva Lehrer of poet and essayist Eli Clare. On the left of the painting is the figure of Clare with wire-rimmed glasses, short cropped ginger hair, wearing hiking boots, denim shorts and pale blue shirt, kneeling in a forest, with one knee on the ground, looking to the bottom right of the painting. A small tree with red leaves is growing up through Clare’s shirt and there is ambiguity as to whether there is a struggle or a conscious process going on with the tree. On the ground in the middle of the painting are snippets of ginger hair and plaits. A cosy looking blue checked garment lies in front of the tree to the right of the painting.


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