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English Communications - Alison lapper

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English and communication. Disabilities Alison lapper. Introduction. Alison Lapper is a woman who was born with no arms and shortened legs, the condition is known as 'phocomelia'. She spent her childhood growing up in a children's home for children with impairments. Despite her physical disabilities, Alison became an artist and sculptor. She married and fell pregnant. When Alison was seven months pregnant, an artist called Marc Quinn approached her. Marc was interested in sculpturing Alison. The sculpture was hopefully, to be compared the Venus de Milo statue that is well known and armless. (The Guardian weekend. 2005) Nevertheless, do we agree with Alison lapper's view that her sculpture 'makes a powerful statement about where we are trying to go in the 21st century'? Agree or disagree? Within today's society, disabled people are more integrated. ...read more.


Alison Lapper's statue, as far as my questioning has gone, has done nothing to raise the awareness of the talented disabled community out there. Nearly everybody asked had not heard of the woman or knew of the statue situated on the fourth plinth over two years ago. Women have been making a dramatic change since Women's Liberation became a burning issue in the 1960s, under the leadership of dedicated campaigners such as Betty Friedan. If the statue were to represent femininity then surely a tribute to Betty who has done so much for the female race would be more fitting. Why has Alison posed nude? Some people find it vulgar and feel that she is exploiting herself, thrusting everything about her, (disability, femininity, and arrogance) into their faces, causing them to dislike every inch of the sculpture. ...read more.


A person who is well known, and has achieved so much, with more of a disability than Alison has. However, if the statue were to represent disabled femininity would Tanni Grey- Thompson not be more worthy of being amongst our English heroes. Tanni is a famous wheelchair athlete who has won numerous Olympic & gold medals, a true inspiration! Conclusion Whatever Marc Quinn's motivation was to mount a pregnant disabled woman on a plinth amongst heroes of our past is beyond me. Whether it was for femininity, the disabled community, or his own personal recognition, I feel there are others who would deem more fitting. Although it was not Alison decision to be there, and I am sure she has achieved so much within her life, surly she should have questioned 'why me?'. I feel that both of these sculptors have benefited professionally within the art world. However, their recognition outside that domain seems to have made little impression on society. ...read more.

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