"Trapped first by their bodies, then again by the people around them. One massive barrier wall stacked on top of another. The isolation must be crushing. Yet there is that light in their eyes. How had they kept their spirits alive? What would they tell us if they had the power?" -Excerpt from Tim Lefens' book, Flying Colors (2002).
The T. K. Martin Center's project EXPRESS Yourself! (EXperiencing Painting as Recreation & Express the Spirit within YourSelf) uses the techniques of Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) to provide a means for Mississippians with the most severe disabilities to feel the power of self expression through art. Trained individuals, called trackers, "act as neutral arms, executing the vision of the physically challenged through laser-guided tracking and other exacting technologies" (Lefens, 2005). Trackers use precise techniques to "allow a person with the most minimal ability to move to create subtle, exacting works of art" (Lefens, 2005).
To affect a profound change in the life of an EXPRESS Yourself artist. Not only will your purchase bring you a powerful painting, it will support EXPRESS Yourself's mission to create new studio programs, enabling us to reach individuals throughout Mississippi. Modestly priced, original art. Any amount in excess of the price of the painting is considered a charitable donation and may be tax deductible. The T. K. Martin Center is a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For these reasons and more, we encourage you to browse through our gallery and see the revolutionary artwork for yourself. Please contact the T. K. Martin Center with any questions regarding the price, size, or information for the pieces.
For more information about EXPRESS Yourself!, please contact Judy Duncan