I made this painting after learning that for each language there’s a sign language.. instead of there only being one universal sign language. So I learnt a bit, this painting has a hand on the left which says hello in Bulgarian (BSL) and no in Auslan. The whole genre seemed exclusive and excluded to me. Bulgaria only just passed a bill to recognize BSL as a language in January of this year (2021), before that, from what I’ve learnt, they would learn Russian sign language in school and then adopt their own in the real world. I feel like that’s just how Bulgarians do things, their own way. I painted a clear sheet falling down, metaphorical for the language barriers.
So you say “Hi” in Bulgarian and rejected with a “No” in Auslan.
Oil Based, hand stretched, signed and ready to hang with a certificate of authenticity.