Deaf Art Collections: Jimenez, Claudia

Claudia Jimenez

From Dyer Arts Facebook: 

Claudia Jimenez is a Deaf Latina woman raised in San Ysidro, at the very edge of San Diego, near the border with Mexico. Her family emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and her Spanish and Mexican heritage are very much a part of her life.

Claudia remembers often visiting her grandparents in Tijuana, where she observed religious images of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Jesus on the walls of their home. These spiritual icons as well as the colorful cultural pieces sold in transit by Mexican people walking through the lines of cars waiting to cross the border into the U.S. inspired Claudia to create art of her own.⁠⠀

Without art in her life, Claudia felt an emptiness in her soul. Claudia and her older sister, who is also Deaf, signed fluently together. Within their family, however, communication is arduously forged through gestures, home signs, and body language. When Claudia discovered her passion for creating art and visual poetry, she experienced a beautiful silent world with no rules, barriers or limits. Color is an important spiritual component to Claudia’s vision as a Deaf artist, and a way of translating her emotions into her environment.⁠⠀

Title Medium Year Size Acquired Picture
No More Speech Oil on canvas 2016 61 x 92 cm Purchased by
Joan Naturale
NTID Librarian


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