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Marjorie Stout

Born hearing in 1959, Marjorie Stout began to lose her hearing at an early age.  She attended public school mainstream programs in Virginia and Massachusetts before attending Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA, where she studied drawing and painting, photography and in 1982 earned an Associate of Science in Arts.  She then attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and in 1990 graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting.

"I have always felt inclined to draw and paint, as far back as I can remember. I owned a black and white camera as a child, and I was an avid photographer. I felt moved by certain images, and proceeded to document them. Art has become a way of communication for me. I always disliked having others tell me how to draw or paint, making 'suggestions' to my works, when all I really cared about was expressing myself.  I always resisted and I never took an art class until I was in college, and had discovered a very good art program.

"On my mother's side of the family, everyone is an artist, both visual and musical.  My late grandfather was a well known composer of classical music and I had a lot of exposure to music when I was young with hearing ability.  I had identified with my grandfather in many ways, and he was a major influence on me which has in some ways set the theme for this particular body of work.

"Picasso, Max Beckman and German Expressionists were an influence on me because of the freedom of shape and expressions that were put out that I've identified with.  As a photographer and painter, I am very spontaneous."

Artist's Statement

"I hope to communicate my experiences in life through my work.  The major parts, are, of course, related to Deafness. I feel that my degree, or type, of Deafness and my experiences, are unique and the way I see the world to come out through my photography and paintings.  For me, it is a way of communicating to all without having to speak or hear.  I want others to understand and identify with my expressions and also to appreciate visually a work of art.

"In the future, I plan to document the course of my life and experiences throughout in order for personal expression and also to educate others about the varying issues of Deafness.  I also plan to continue my work in Human Services but hopefully return to school in Art Studies and Education."