Disability Pride

Food for Thought by Emily Tironi
10″x10″; collage on paper with foam tape; 2023


Emily Tironi: Disability Pride

at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, USA
30 June-30 July 2023

July is Disability Pride Month and 26 July 2023 is the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The exhibition, “Disability Pride”, features mixed media collages by disabled artist, Emily Tironi, celebrating the disability community.

On the Lake by Emily Tironi
9″x12″; collage on paper with foam tape; 2023

Emily Tironi was born, raised and lives in Cambridge, New York. She was born with a muscle disease causing weakness and fatigue and the use of a wheelchair for long distances. She enjoyed all types of art since childhood and grew up entering her art in the Washington County Fair. Throughout high school, she loved art class and used drawing, painting and collage as an outlet for her struggles and a way to express herself. After graduating high school in 2014, she attended the State University of New York Adirondack and pursued a degree in media arts. Here, she discovered photography and began to photograph nature around her. In 2016, several of her photos were published in SUNY Adirondack’s literary magazine, Expressions. She also received SUNY Adirondack’s Parnassus Award in Graphic Arts. She graduated and transferred to City University of New York School of Professional Studies in 2016 to pursue a degree in Disability Studies. While studying disability in cultural and societal aspects, she began to use her experiences as a person with a disability in her art. Studying Frida Kahlo in college, Emily was inspired by her surrealist style and expression of disability and self in her work. She was inspired to do larger, more layered works after taking an online workshop with outsider artist, Anne Grgich. She combines layered paper images and bright colors to create complicated pieces with unique messages. Her collages have been shown at area galleries and published in art publications. Her work was selected for the 31 Women exhibit at the Sedona Arts Center and she was part of the Emerging Artists 2020 exhibition at Limner Gallery in Hudson, New York. In August 2020, Emily had her first solo exhibition at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Throughout the pandemic, she participated in several online artist residencies and exhibitions, including Kolaj Institute’s Politics in Collage Residency in Fall 2021. Emily works on her collages daily.

(text adapted from material provided by the artist)


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