Literary media artist/artivist, media/performance poet, performance artist; traveller; native/ASL Signer, Ameslan.
Aspirations and interests
Sign language and linguistics; cultural studies; visual-performative poetry; Eastern philosophy and art, travel.
Jolanta Lapiak is an Ameslan (American Sign Language) literary media artist, narrator, and poet in video, performance art, photography, digital art and text.
Born and raised multiculturally, she had lived in multiple cities in Canada and the U.S. and Europe. In addition, she travels aboard. Jolanta has presented, exhibited, and performed nationally and internationally.
Her works challenge phonocentric traditions of textuality and poetry. Her work explores artistic and literary elements in ASL, grammatology (art/science of writing) and various ways of writing/speaking (in ASL) with a unique blend of cinematic vocabulary, lingual choreography, verbal calligraphy, poetry, and storytelling techniques, using ASL. Her works are inspired by Japanese art (calligraphy, specifically).
Jolanta received a MFA in Media Arts from NSCAD University, Halifax, N.S., 2007, and a BFA with Distinction in Media Arts & Digital Technologies from Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD), Calgary, 2005. She also earned a BA with Distinction from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.