Friday, June 3, 12:00-1:00, MGH 024

E.T. Russian, “CASTING SHADOWS: The making of a multi-sensory installation piece about disability culture and the human experience”

CASTING SHADOWS is a multi-sensory, audio-video installation piece of comics that explore disability culture and the human experience. As an artist with a physical disability I was compelled to create this piece because storytelling is vital and the disability experience is characterized by isolation and often misunderstood. CASTING SHADOWS explores themes of animal-human interdependence, family, employment, homelessness, the body, the brain, race, sexuality, illness, parenting and connection. CASTING SHADOWS offers storytelling on multiple sensory levels (audio, visual and spatial), making this piece accessible to a wide variety of audiences. This talk will explore the process of making this project, including interviews, sound recordings, photography and original illustrations. CASTING SHADOWS will have its debut exhibition at The Jack Straw Foundation in Fall 2016. 


E.T. RUSSIAN is a multi-media artist, author, filmmaker, performer, educator and healthcare provider living in Seattle, Washington. Russian is the author of The Ring of Fire Anthology (2014) and has published work in The Seattle Weekly, The Graphic Medicine Manifesto (2015), Gay Genius (2011) and The Collective Tarot (2008). Russian is a member of Seattle comic collective THE HAND, an Advisory Board Member for Seattle’s Short Run Fest, an organizer centered in Disability Justice, a featured performer with Sins Invalid and dance company Light Motion, and Co-Director of documentary Third Antenna (2001). Russian has lectured at Universities, conferences and community organizations across the country, and received support from the Seattle Office of Art & Culture, The Art Matters Foundation, The Jack Straw Foundation and the Harlan Hahn Award in Disability Studies from the University of Washington. Russian is a documentarian at heart and believes storytelling is a powerful tool for the liberation of all people. Learn more at ETRUSSIAN.COM

More news from/about E.T.!!


JUNE 4, 2016 / SATURDAY / 11PM-9PM Olympia, WA I will be tabling the OLYMPIA COMICS FEST And I will also be on a panel with cartoonist Tatiana Gill talking about bodies in comics

JUNE 9, 2016 /SATURDAY /5-9PM Seattle Art Museum I will be tabling at the opening of the new exhibit... GRAPHIC MASTERS This is a great new exhibit featuring graphic illustrations by famous painters such as Goya, Rembrandt and Picasso, as well as well-known cartoonist R. Crumb.  Short Run Fest is curating a group of Seattle cartoonists who will be selling their comics and zines and film-make Clyde Petersen is curating animations, as well.

* Also, last night I was on Hollow Earth Radio 
With my comic collective T H E    H A N D! We were interviewed by #DJLuluNation Check it out at:    (to be posted soon)