Jacksonville, Florida Grand Prize: $20,000 Age: 21 "When I paint, the act itself compels me to express every feeling, desire, and emotion. Painting leads me to a world deep inside myself where concept and emotion are strongly related."Dimelza Broche began drawing and painting at age 14, when, unable to play outside with other children, art-making became a lifeline and source of opportunity for the future. Broche, who has osteogenisis imperfecta, says "being in a wheelchair has stopped me from physically going places, but it hasn't stopped me from traveling to the unexplored places in my subjects' minds."Broche is inspired by the people she has met in her life and her artwork is an interpretation of the sacredness that is found in human emotions, desires, and experiences.
A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25. September 7, 2011 - January 22, 2012