Daily Archives: May 16, 2009
Sanford center touts novel approach to spinal-cord injuries
After rescuers used the Jaws of Life to pry Amanda Perla from a car that had slammed into a traffic-signal pole on prom night, doctors told the 18-year-old she would be paralyzed but could go on to live a productive life.
They would teach her how to put on makeup. How to brush her teeth. How to feed herself.
But that wasn’t good enough for Amanda. And it certainly wasn’t good enough for her mother.
In a unique mixed media collaboration shown at the Bass Concert Hall, Jared Dunten and Marty Butler challenge the viewer to intimately experience their journey that began under the big skies of West Texas. A journey both crushing and liberating that still continues today. The two cheated death and began their fight against paralysis.
April 2000 Jared and Marty were on a backpacking trip in Big Bend National Park. After several days of hiking in the Chisos Mountains they sought refuge in the tiny border town of Boquillas Del Carmen. A snap decision by Jared to dive into the Rio Grande River left him paralyzed. Marty had saved Jared’s life.
April 2009 A collaborative show is created that spans the nine years since Jared was paralyzed. These works chronicle the event that changed their lives and reveal where they are today.
Enjoy the art and maybe even find a piece you would like to own. Many of the originals I have hanging in my own home. In them I find peace, inspiration and encouragement as I make my way through the arduous journey to recover from paralysis.
I will overcome paralysis. I will paint myself out of this wheelchair.