31905- 1984 Born Deaf in Jonsboro, IIlinois on May 20, 1905 His parents were hearingAt age 5 he was enrolled at the Illonois School for the Deaf .It was here that he developed his artistic talentHe knew that he wanted to be an artist but he was told there was no future in being an artist so he also learned carpentryA football couch at his school recognized his talent and advised hi to go to Chicago to continue with itMiller took art classes at the American Academy of Art in ChicagoHe specialized in commercial art- ex: for advertisingStarted to freelance and did work for the YMCA
4Early 60’s he was asked to illustrate for Signed English Books at Gallaudet- later he worked as an advisor in the Art Department thereDrew characters for children’s books like “The Three Little Pigs” and Goldilocks and the Three Bears”All of his characters, human or animal were drawn to look like they were signing
5De’VIA- Deaf View Image Art Miller’s daughter, another renowned Deaf Artist is Betty MillerShe contributed to the De’Via movementMiller’s Work “Pre De’ Via”Deaf American Monatologue (1996):“We must remember that all art is based on the experience of the artist. In the case of deaf artists, their cultural and physical experiences as deaf people inform and influence all of their work. De’VIA is created to tell his or her story or to express his or her feelings”
6Other pieces by Miller“An Interpreter” 1979“Deaf Picnic”
7My interpretation Cop Clown Car Clear day (blue background) Open space Is shoutingPulling on the Clown’s EarmaleClownWith a grin onCarw/ Deaf written all over itClear day (blue background)Open spaceLots of colors
8Theme: Social Experience – Deaf person’s encounter with hearing authority Title: “Clown Stopped by Police for SpeedingBy Ralph R. Miller, Sr1970Genre: Acrylic painting, 20’’ X 16’’Sub Themes: “Deaf Card”, Deaf drive, Cop doesn’t see the clown as serious and the clown doesn’t take the cop seriously
9Synopsis of : Miller’s “Clown stopped by Police for Speeding” PLOTDeaf clown (character 1) stopped by cop (character 2)Clown is playing the “deaf –card” in hope of avoiding a ticketThe officer is naïve that he is Deaf even though it’s written all over the clown and his car and barks in his earIconographyMiller enjoyed painting about his humorous deaf experiencesThe Clown symbolizes the humor in his situation of getting pulled over…which is usually a serious matter making the TONE amusing
10Irony of the PlotWhat’s ironic here is that the person being pulled over is a clown. Cops don’t regularly expect to come across speeding clowns.
11Literary Analysis: Structuralism This genre exemplifies opposition that exists the between the two people - hearing and deaf or as a cop and clown. Cops are looked at as being serious and one that holds authority while a clown is funny and not taken seriously. Maybe that’s why the cop doesn’t accept that he is Deaf.Cop vs ClownHearing vs DeafDark uniform vs Bright costumeSerious vs FunnyConventional vs Carefree
12Literary Interpretation/Critism: Deconstruction Trying to match the painting with real life is visible in this genre.There are two human beings but one is not recognized for being deaf (clown) and the Cop an authority – regarded in a higher status in comparison to a clown/deaf person.This genre exemplifies the struggle between the hearing and deaf.