The Art Assignment Ep. 3 - Intimate, indispensable GIF
When I heard the words ‘intimate and indispensable’ my mind immediately jumped to ‘wheelchair’. This is a GIF of my wheel spinning. I took video of myself doing all sorts of things and this made the best GIF out of the lot.
The indispensable part is pretty simple. I cannot move without my chair. I cannot walk more than 2 metres unaided and even then I feel considerable pain. My chair is a part of me. It is my legs. It is the very essence of my independence.
The intimate part is all that stuff I just told you about. I don’t tell that stuff to everyone (he says telling The Internet). My disability is a very personal thing. The struggles I face on a daily basis are something few people will ever understand. That’s OK. It is my choice to hide all of that behind smoke and mirrors. My chair is the symbol of those struggles. It is the reason they are kept largely invisible. It is the smoke and mirrors.
I love how this also references the movement and circularity of gifs.