Astronaut Bruce McCandless II  became the first astronaut to manoeuvre in space untethered.  (Image: 1984 NASA)

Image:  Irene Loughlin, 7a11d Performance Art Festival. Photo:  Henry Chan

 Irene Loughlin is a  neurodivergent artist, writer and academic instructor.  Her art functions as both alarm and affirmation by resisting neuro-ableism and advocating for change. Throughout the pandemic, she was absorbed in creating drawings for a performance art graphic novel during an ‘At Home’ residency sponsored by FADO.  She further developed an  interest in using AI as an adaptive technology.   

Her work has  been exhibited internationally, including photographic works at the Westbeth Gallery in NY at the conference Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity and Access and 7a11d Toronto.  She also participated in the Encuentro Corpoliticas working group in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  In 2007, her work was presented at  the New York University Performance Studies International Conference, where she spoke on the subject of disability, pain and performance from a  neurodivergent perspective.                                                                                                     

An image of the place where I walked with deer and hawks during the pandemic.  Thank you for accompanying me on this journey through my work.  Image: Dundas Peak, Canada

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