Jason Thomson is a MFA candidate at University of North Texas with and emphasis in metalsmithing. I have known JJ for about 5 years and through this time I have watched his work develop in a way that celebrates his dyslexia. The pieces featured below reveal his frustrations and reality of going through a school system that ignores cognitive disabilities. JJ offers a model for people with dyslexia and his work is bold and brave. While a graduate student making a body of work he is also volunteering his time to work with k-12 students with learning disabilities in Texas. Check it out on instagram https://www.instagram.com/jj_thomson_/
Growing up, I had a difficult time reading, writing, and speaking properly. When I was three years old, I was diagnosed with a developmental delay, a condition that makes processing and understanding information extremely slow-paced. Over the years, I was diagnosed with multiple learning disabilities.
My work represents my personal experience with having learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, ADD, and Auditory Processing Disorder, and others. I create pieces that reflect my thoughts, experiences, and the obstacles that I face daily. I utilize materials obtained from school desks as memories that reflect on the long periods of time we spend sitting at desks in classrooms, during which we discover how to process information. To articulate these experiences, I create marks and drawings on these pieces of school desks including equations, words spelling, and information that mimics symbols from my own learning experience. Through the inclusion of hidden stones and drawings I incorporate positive associations and humor.
I utilize pieces of school desks and other classroom references in wearable jewelry in order to encourage conversation, connect openly with others, and spread awareness about learning disabilities. My work is intended to change opinions and educate people further about learning differences.