About the Work

Carole started to draw fingers at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC. She was born the sole deaf member of a hearing family and only learned sign language when she was 15 years old. A classmate introduced her to American Sign Language and helped Carole recognize a culture and a vast community was now open to her – a world that previously was silent and largely closed. Her hands and fingers speak for her in life and in art.

“My disposition is very visual and my appreciation for thoughts and emotion is dramatic as well as my own expression,” she explains. “Expression in sign language becomes forms of art shapes for me and hands and fingers are the brushes and pens in my conception of art. I draw from what I see in my mind. Human hands and fingers are my enduring inspiration and that is the way I express myself.” 

Carole Addabbo, Artist