Deshik does not have any pets.
Yet all he talks about and draws are animals and birds.
I promised I would bring my dog (Negrita) to the gallery so Deshik could meet her.
Upon meeting the dog Deshik spent the first 20 minutes running in a circle around her.
Then he spent a full hour examining Negritas fur, teeth, nose, inside of ears, etc.
Negrita is infinitely patient and gentle.
She is so mellow that she would often lay her head down amidst poking and prodding.
When this happened Deshik would ask “Is she dead now?”
Deshik started to get objects from the materials room and test them out on Negrita.
Basically this was the art process / project of the day.
I just let it unfold.
My favorite…..a bone balanced on dogs head.
Then he wanted to feed her.
I brought him half a carton of milk.
Deshik grabbed it and poured it directly on the gallery floor.
Fascinated, Deshik watched Negrita gently lap up the spilt milk.
He observed that as she licked away the white liquid “…….It makes a moving drawing!”
For the last hour Deshik gets to drawing directly on the wall.
He draws animals. He draws quickly and with full assurance in his sweeping lines.
The whole while he talks about Negrita and his observations.
Mostly he repeated that Negrita was “…..so unusual cause she’s got a mane like a lion and fluffer ears.”
Play, Fall, Rest, Dance is an exhibition project by Valerie Salez. The artist works with children with disabilities to help them explore the creative process of installation making. The exhibition runs from June 3 to July 5, 2014. The public is welcome to visit grunt gallery to see the installations that will continuously change and evolve over the course of the project.