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In my collages, I mine popular visual culture to explore experiences of mood and an altered sense of reality stemming from my experiences with schizoaffective disorder. In a culture saturated with stereotypical representations of individuals on the schizophrenic spectrum, my work strives to construct alternative representations from the perspective of someone within the schizophrenic community. These collages reflect, through juxtaposition, an experiencing of a reality different from those experiencing consensus-reality, yet simultaneously they remain relatable in a way that forms a new sensibility. Given their small-scale, they function much like snapshots and spontaneous occurrences that connect my embodied experience and the social.

Jennifer Richardson

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Jennifer (Eisenhauer) Richardson is an associate professor of art education at The Ohio State University and an affiliated faculty member in the Disability Studies Program. Her research explores social and cultural theory including representations of disability in visual culture and particularly the cultural construction of understandings of mental disability through both historical and contemporary representations. She has published in journals including Studies in Art Education, Disability Studies Quarterly, Visual Arts Research, International Review of Qualitative Research, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Art Education. Her artwork explores similar themes related to the representation of mental disability through collage, multimedia installation, and video. Richardson is also a creative writer and the author of both creative nonfiction and poetry. Her 2013 essay published in South Loop Review was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.