Emily Gail Lyles
Summerville, South Carolina Award of Excellence: $2,000 Age: 24 "I use art as a way to find a sense of closure about having to cope with unresolved heath problems… instead of feeling powerless while everything was happening around and to me, I am the one with the paintbrush, and therefore, I have the control. " Emily Gail Lyles uses art as a way to revisit traumatic events of the past and replace the anxiety, fear, and depression of each experience with power, control, and closure. Art has played a major role in formulating who Lyles is on her path to becoming a profesisonal artist, as well as being a form of self-therapy while living with the complications of Achondroplasia. Lyles' current oil paintings are snapshots of memories from the hospital experiences of her teenage years. Using exaggerated perspective, an upward viewpoint, and large scale panels, Lyles wants to place the viewer actively in the scene as she is going under anesthesia.
A National Juried Exhibition for Emerging Artists with Disabilities, Ages 16-25. September 7, 2011 - January 22, 2012