Blinded Grace


“Blinded Grace was created out of an abstract concept to completely transform the mannequin to an original look using acrylic paint as well as mixed objects implanted on it.

The process of this project has been taxing and emotional because I still remember feeling enraged by how society viewed me. I didn’t want to have to be perfect. I didn’t want to change myself for others. I just wanted to be myself even if who I am often baffled people. It does not matter if I put on a straight wig. It does not matter if I put on my makeup. It does not matter if I put on a suit and heels. I will still run and laugh the loudest. I will still say appalling things because I do not know the meaning of censoring myself. Do I truly need to censor myself as a black deaf woman just to prove that I am functional in this world just like any other human being?” – Ebony Gooden


Ebony Gooden


Blinded Grace




Acrylic painting on mannequin


A photograph of a female mannequin bust with green hair against a black background. The bust is covered in brown flowers and leaves.


The RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center retained rights from artists or next of kin on August 26, 2020


Ebony Gooden and She/Her/Hers, “Blinded Grace,” RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center , accessed June 28, 2022,