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'How Do You Feel Today?', wire bound book (11 inches by 6 inches by .25 inches) (Copyright 2008 Gwynneth VanLaven)

Gwynneth VanLaven

Gwynneth VanLaven pursues art as a social action. She creates art that challenges stigmas by shedding light on personal and relatable struggles and by breaking down the notion that there is a gold standard of health and abilities against which to measure. VanLaven, who has a physical disability, channels her personal challenges and triumphs through art. She says, “I have found that living with disability from a young age has given me access to empathy, and the knowledge that we are all in some way touched by disabilities.” VanLaven is currently a candidate for a master of fine arts degree in studio arts at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and has participated in numerous shows throughout the Washington, D.